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Jesse H. Ruiz

Current Term


Appointed By Governor


Professional Experience

  • Partner, general counsel and chief compliance officer, The Vistria Group (2021-present)
  • Deputy governor, education, Office of the Governor, State of Illinois (2019-2021)
  • Partner, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP (1997-2019)
  • Associate, Booz Allen & Hamilton (1995-1997)
  • Senior account representative, Ryerson Coil Processing Company (1990-1992)
  • Account administrator, Inland Steel Company (1988-1990)
  • Past adjunct professor, Corporate Law, UIC School of Law

Professional/Civic Affiliations, Activities and Community Service

  • President, The Chicago Bar Association (2019-2020)
  • President, Board of Commissioners, Chicago Park District (2016-2019)
  • Vice president, Chicago Board of Education (2011-2016), and interim CEO (2015), Chicago Public Schools
  • Fellow, Leadership Greater Chicago (2013-2014)
  • Commissioner, U.S. Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission (2011-2013)
  • Chairman, Illinois State Board of Education (2004-2011)
  • Commercial Club of Chicago
  • Economic Club of Chicago
  • American Bar Association; Wisconsin Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association
  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois

Awards and Honors

  • 2022, Chicago State University Cougar Service Award for Education Equity
  • 2019, National Museum of Mexican Art Legacy Award
  • 2018, Inaugural class of HLAI Lincoln Juarez Society
  • 2016, Leadership Greater Chicago Distinguished Fellow Award
  • 2015, Minority Corporate Counsel Association one of “15 Rainmakers Who Always Shine”
  • 2014, Convocation speaker, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • 2014, American Diabetes Association "Chicago Father of the Year"
  • 2014, Erie Neighborhood House Community Leader Award
  • 2014, Hispanic National Bar Association "Latino Lawyer of the Year"
  • 2013, University of Illinois Alumni Association "Chicago Illini of the Year Award"


  • JD, University of Chicago Law School (1995)
  • BA, Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1988); Senior 100 and National Hispanic Scholar

Party Affiliation




Trustee Ruiz