Vice President, Racial Justice and Public PolicyCompany: YWCA Minneapolis
Role: Session Presenter
Rubén Vázquez is vice president of Racial Justice and Public Policy at YWCA Minneapolis, responsible for overall leadership and strategy for YWCA Minneapolis Race Equity and Public Policy programs in support of YWCA Minneapolis’ mission, vision and goals in the areas of: quality program and event delivery, program development, implementation and evaluation, and budget development and management. Rubén represents YWCA Minneapolis on racial justice and public policy-related issues both locally and nationally. Rubén joined YWCA Minneapolis in November 2017 as its Racial Equity and Public Policy strategist, where he provided strategic leadership, proactively built community partnerships, and managed the seamless integration of YWCA Minneapolis race equity initiatives among partners and members.
As an immigrant from Mexico 35 years ago, Rubén has been committed to working with unrepresented communities to help them become primary stakeholders in their communities. His philosophy is that diversity is what makes us different, inclusion is how we incorporate those differences that yield stronger organizations and communities. He comes to YWCA Minneapolis with an array of experience in social justice, advocacy, civic engagement, community base initiatives, and fighting for racial equity within the legal field. Rubén has experience in nonprofit, for-profit, education and government sectors.
Rubén holds a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University and a certificate in Global Arbitration Law and Practice from Hamline Law School and Queen Mary University, London, England. He is an active member in several organizations in both his immediate community and throughout the Twin Cities. Rubén and his wife, Sarah, have been married for more than 15 years and have two children, ages 15 and 12. He and his family live in New Brighton, Minn.