Sasha RuizSasha Ruiz

Bachelor of Business Administration, marketing, 2011

Health communication specialist at U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of Medicine and Science

Describe what you do and how GGC may have played a role to prepare you for success in your job.
I oversee the editorial office for one of CDC’s scientific journals. There’s the business administration aspect in the day-to-day running of things, but there’s also a lot of room for creative thinking and strategy development around how we can better communicate science so that data leads to the actions that improve health and saves lives. Often this involves working across multiple teams that are all speaking different “languages” (scientists, editors, graphic designers) in order to get a project to the finish line. GGC gave me the tools and experience that I needed to build my organizational and leadership skills as well as confidence in my own knowledge and abilities.

Has your life changed since graduation, and if so, how has earning a degree contributed to that change?
I was already working at CDC as a contract editorial assistant when I came to GGC, but I was feeling stuck both personally and professionally. Completing my degree while working full time renewed my direction and purpose. It also led to my landing a permanent federal position, which opened the door to many more professional development opportunities than I could have imagined. Now I have more control over my career experiences, and I really enjoy what I get to do for a living.

Why do you give back to GGC through donations and volunteering your time?

I wouldn’t be where I am today without my time at GGC, so it holds a lot of meaning for me, personally. Everyone who benefits from all that GGC is and does for the community -- alumni, staff, students, employers, parents, neighbors and friends – we can all help GGC continue to thrive through donations and volunteering time. Giving back to GGC unites us as a community, it bridges social and economic gaps and it feels good as well.