FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2014
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Elizabeth Ruiz Joins NHMC as Policy CounselWASHINGTON -- The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, today announced that Elizabeth Ruiz has joined the organization as a Policy Counsel. In her new role, Ruiz will work out of NHMC's Washington, D.C. Office and advocate for the organization's policy priorities before various federal agencies and help to educate key policy makers in Congress. Ruiz has worked on reforming the Universal Service Fund, advocating for digital literacy programs, urging cell phone manufacturers to develop more handsets for people with hearing impairments, fighting the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger, eradicating hate speech on the radio and in video games, and raising awareness about issues affecting Latino consumers, such as cramming. She most recently served as the Staff Attorney to the Honorable Marjorie T. Arrington and the Honorable Randall D. Smith, Chief Judge, at the Chesapeake Circuit Court in Virginia. Additionally, Ruiz's prior experience includes clerking for the Honorable Glenn R. Croshaw and the Honorable Stephen C. Mahan at the Virginia Beach Circuit Court, where she assisted the judges with two capital murder cases and countless civil and domestic cases. Ruiz was NHMC's 2011-2012 Legal Fellow during her last year at the University of North Carolina School of Law. In law school, she also interned for Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at the Federal Communications Commission and served as a Google Policy Fellow at Media Access Project. She was a member of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, and served as vice president of the Carolina Public Interest Law Organization. In addition to her media policy background, Ruiz brings journalism experience to NHMC. She was a staff writer and news assistant at The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina for three years prior to attending law school. There she authored a personal finance column and blog, reviewed books, promoted arts and literary events, and wrote for the Metro section. Ruiz earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and her B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina. She is currently admitted to practice in Virginia. Ruiz began working in NHMC's Washington D.C. office in early December.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications. Learn more at www.nhmc.org. Receive real-time updates on Facebookand Twitter @NHMC.]]>