Ruby Azurdia-Lee

President, Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)

St.Paul/Minneapolis, MN

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Ruby joined CLUES in August 2012, after a long professional career in philanthropy, media, and government. As the President of Minnesota’s largest Latino nonprofit, she oversees a $6+ million budget, 100 employees, and several programs and initiatives that focus on economic empowerment and self-sufficiency, healthcare prevention and direct services, and family support services for Latino and new immigrant adults, children, youth, and seniors. CLUES has offices in Saint Paul and Minneapolis and provides health prevention services throughout Minnesota.
For the previous sixteen years she was employed by The Northwest Area Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation, whose strategic goals focused on anti-poverty and anti-racism efforts, respectively. As a Program Director at the Northwest Area Foundation she provided leadership in designing and carrying out the Foundation’s new strategic direction through its eight-state region. Throughout her 30 year career, Lee has served on numerous boards and committees and has provided leadership on several national philanthropic boards including Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and the Four Freedoms Fund, whose funder-led Boards focus on immigrant integration and immigration efforts across the country. Ruby was born and raised in Guatemala City where her family still resides. She has been a strong advocate of Latinos and immigrants across the country and believes that collaboration and partnerships are two vital tools in finding solutions to the challenges immigrants face today.