Summary

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

Work History

Work History
Jan 2010 - Present

Writer

CBS

* Research assigned topics

* Interview subjects

* Seek or take photos

* Design article

* Write article

* Meet deadlines

Jan 1999 - Present

Principaal

RUIZ-HEALY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
  • Launched and manage a diversified public relations and journalism business.
  • Develop ideas, write and coordinate multimedia production for diverse clients and publications, including the San Antonio Examiner and the San Francisco Examiner. 
  • Built and maintain a robust institutional network of contacts at Spanish language media outlets, publishing houses, elected officials and institutions. 
  • Worked with leaders of small businesses, corporations, government agencies, and foundations to meet their PR and journalism needs. Key clients included Spring Pegasu, the Sprint subsidiary in Mexico, Mexicana Airlines, Ford Motor Company, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the US Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
  • Designed, promoted, and publicized initiatives, programs and businesses underlining positive economic and geographic relationships between the United States and Mexico.
  • Coordinated media relations for an official US-Mexico Summit, as well as the former President of Mexico Vicente Fox’s visit with members of the US Congress.  Participated in event planning and wrote press releases, coordinated media, and arranged hosting of international dignitaries.
  • Coached key business leaders, government officials, and local celebrities speaking to Spanish language media. Generated positive feedback from international media, event attendees, sponsors and clients. 
Jan 2006 - Jan 2009

International Copyright Coordinator - Legal Department

Educational Testing Service (ETS)
    • Coordinated international intellectual property copyright management efforts for the legal department of an educational assessment development and research organization that administers well known tests, including the TOEFL, SAT, and Advanced Placement tests.
    • Improved products and enhanced corporate image in the market by implementing a system that expanded access to internationally copyrighted materials that were previously out of reach for ETS.
    • Utilized international, cultural, linguistic and literary knowledge to maneuver between and negotiate contracts with government institutions, literary agencies, authors and artists from Latin American, the United States, and Europe.  
    • Interfaced in English and Spanish to implement business protocols according to culture, institution or country. Served as the bridge between divergent cultures to complete business transactions within budget and on deadline. 
Jan 2002 - Dec 2005

Writer and On-Air Political Commentator

NPR - Texas Public Radio
  • Creator and Writer of “A View from Two Countries”, a radio show that aired twice weekly on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and gained popularity with more than 100,000 listeners.
  • Designed, pitched, wrote, voiced, and promoted show. Developed program content focused on US-Mexico political, social and cultural commentary. Enhanced and expanded program as it gained recognition and popularity.
  • Conducted research on critical topics for discussion. 
  • Turned the radio show into a print column carried by x (Name of commercial publication). Column was voted the second most popular column in South Texas by readers based on a market survey conducted by Hearst.

Education

Education

Bachelor of Arts

Mills College

Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society.

Master of Arts

University of Texas at San Antonio

The Master of Arts degree in Political Science offers students the opportunity to develop and expand their understanding of political theories, methodologies, and substantive political affairs. The program prepares students for possible careers in city, state and federal government, international governmental and non-governmental organizations, public opinion polling, campaign management, community college teaching and other related occupations. The program also provides excellent preparation for law school and doctoral studies. Students may specialize in American Government, International Politics, or Political Theory and Public Law, or design their own specialization.