About Ruth Esparza
Ruth Esparza is a Staff Attorney with the Northwest Justice Project (NJP), in Wenatchee Washington. She graduated from Westside High School in 1995. She attended Wenatchee Valley College earing her Associates of Arts Degree in 2000. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a Political Science Degree in 2002. At Gonzaga University School of Law, Ruth earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in 2005.
After graduating from law school, Ruth moved back to her hometown of Wenatchee and began to work at Northwest Justice Project representing victims of domestic violence and procuring the safety of families. Ruth’s passion for public service drives her to serve on the Chelan/Douglas County United Way Board for over 10 years. She’s also an active member of the Wenatchee Downtown Rotary and Rotary Foundation. As a city councilwoman Ruth actively serves on the following boards: Downtown Association, Tourism Promotion Area, and Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. She also participates in various other boards and committees, which work on issues in her community. Ruth has previously served on the Wenatchee Community Center Board and the Volunteer Attorney Services Board. Having worked in a wide variety of boards for many years, Ruth’s experience allows her to bring a broad perspective for decisions affecting our entire community. She also understands the importance of citizen involvement and makes herself available with an open mind to questions and concerns.
In 2005 Ruth received the Westside High School Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2008, Ruth received the Wenatchee Valley Civil Rights and Social Justice Award in recognition of her commitment to the community. In 2011 Ruth and her siblings received the Wenatchee Valley College Distinguished Alumni Award. That same year, she also received a Certificate of Achievement from the Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute.
Ruth is dedicated to mentoring young college-bound underprivileged children, ranging from elementary school to high school. Ruth moved to the Wenatchee Valley in 1984. Growing up in a modest Latino farm worker family in the Wenatchee Valley, her family struggled, as so many working poor in our state. Her personal experiences and struggles drive her to ensure that all citizens of Wenatchee be represented. She also believes that understanding the unique challenges in our community is important to alleviating social and poverty issues within the City of Wenatchee.
Having lived in Wenatchee for the last 33 years, Ruth’s priority on the Wenatchee City Council is to maintain financial security and safeguard the small town values of this community, as we look towards the future. Population growth has brought challenges to the City of Wenatchee. Ruth is prioritizing housing development and has been working diligently with community stakeholders to incentivize housing development and to find solutions for better land use.
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