Human Resources Director Bio

Heather RuizHeather Ruiz brings more than 19 years of public sector Human Resources experience.  She began with the City of Vallejo as the Director of Human Resources in July 2018.  Prior to, she served the County of Napa for more than 10 years, both as Director, Deputy and Assistant Director in Human Resources as well.  

Serving the City of San Jose, Ms. Ruiz has experience as a Deputy Director of Human as well as over 7 years of experience in San Mateo County as a Human Resources Analyst and HR Manager. She has a proven track record of innovative customer focused approaches to Human Resource management.

Ms. Ruiz completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and went on to earn an MPA degree from California State University, Hayward.  Ms. Ruiz started her career in the private sector as a consultant working with organizations on change efforts, and is experienced in business process redesign, as well as streamlining process workflows and implementing technology solutions.  She has brought this experience into her various roles in local government Human Resources.