An Arizona native, Ruth Soberanes is the Director of Trade and Investment at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Previously, she served as the Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives at the Arizona-Mexico Commission, Office of the Governor. In addition to her experience in government affairs and diplomacy, she has a research background, having served as a Research Analyst and the Communications Manager at the North American Research Partnership where she authored the U.S.-Mexico Educational Exchange: Academic Underperformance and a New Diplomatic Opportunity and Human Capital in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region.
She holds a Master’s in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Diplomatic School in Madrid, Spain and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish, with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies, from the University of San Diego (USD). Her interests include U.S. foreign policy, international education, and women’s empowerment/economic development issues.
Ruth serves on the board of Arizona Global Ties (a World Affairs Council) and has been honored with the J. Lester Shaffer Award for Outstanding Volunteerism to the World Affairs Council of Arizona. She also serves as the Vice President of the Phoenix Torero Club and is an active member of the Flinn Brown Civic Leadership Academy, the Arizona District Export Council, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Organization of Women in Trade.
In her spare time, Ruth enjoys dancing flamenco, baking French macarons, and practicing her Spanish and German language skills.