Throughout her life and career, writer, and communications specialist Kristina Ruiz-Healy has maintained involvement in a broad array of academic, professional, charitable, and personal endeavors. Born and raised in Mexico City, Kristina Ruiz-Healy moved to the United States in the wake of the devastating 1985 earthquake. An exemplary student, Kristina Ruiz-Healy gained admission to Mills College in Oakland, California, where she managed diverse coursework and extracurricular activities. Pursuing a major in Communications and a dual minor in Studio Art and Latin American Studies, Kristina Ruiz-Healy also served as a Staff Writer and Photographer for the Lackland Tailspinner, the Lackland Air Force Baseâ��s newspaper in San Antonio. Kristina Ruiz-Healy subsequently founded a public relations firm, Ruiz-Healy International Relations.A collegiate athlete, Kristina Ruiz-Healy first learned about fencing from Master of Arms Harold Hays at Mills College. She enjoyed the class so much she took it twice for no credit. After moving to San Antonio, Texas, Kristina Ruiz-Healy studied both foil and epee with Jean Gérard Poujardieu, Jr. In 2001, Kristina Ruiz-Healy earned seventh place in Women'��s Foil (Division 2) at the United States National Championship. Certified as an Assistant Moniteur by the United States Fencing Coaches Association, Kristina Ruiz-Healy works as a part-time Fencing Coach. At present, she is coached in epee by Velizar Ilev of the Olympian Fencing Club and in foil by Neil Mittal of Salle Pouj. Kristina Ruiz-Healy serves as an Assistant Fencing Coach to Velizar Ilev at the Cambridge Middle School Fencing Program at the Alamo Heights School District. After receiving her B.A., Kristina Ruiz-Healy continued to build the client base of Ruiz-Healy International Relations, in addition to pursuing graduate studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Earning her M.A. in Political Science from University of Texas at San Antonio, Kristina Ruiz-Healy pitched and received approval for a recurring segment on Texas Public Radio. As the voice and writer of A View From Two Countries, Kristina Ruiz-Healy brought a fresh perspective on bicultural society and politics. Following this role, Kristina Ruiz-Healy moved into a different sector of communications, serving as International Copyright Coordinator for Educational Testing Service (ETS), where she would spend the next few years. At present, Kristina Ruiz-Healy writes on a freelance basis.
- Seasoned and entrepreneurial PR and Communications professional, specializing in start-ups and serving as a PR department of one.
- Proven success developing and implementing high impact campaigns, especially those that connect US companies and organizations to Latin American markets, consumers and voters.
- Extensive cross-border networks, experience and bilingual English-Spanish fluency that removes cultural and language barriers and propel sales, social action and political movements.
- Strong and diverse experience in print, online, and broadcast media, including as Writer and On-Air Political Commentator for NPR/Texas Public Radio show “A View from Two Countries”.
AREAS of EXPERTISE
US - Mexico RelationsCross - Cultural Communications -Political Commentary
Program Management -Relationship Management -Analysis
Public Relations -Radio and Print Media -Writing and Editing
Qualitative Research -Government Relations -Public Speaking