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Ten Questions for Reyna Ruiz

What do you do for a living?

I am the program director of the Beach Flats Community Center, where I have the distinct honor of working to improve the living and social conditions of families living in the Beach Flats neighborhood

What would you be doing if you weren't doing that?

There are so many possibilities ... but I'd imagine that whatever I would be doing after BFCC will always involve effecting social change.

What do you do in your free time?

I spend most of my free time with my kids, playing, creating art or reading for fun. Oh, and I love to people-watch!

What brought you to Santa Cruz?

I came to study at UCSC in 1991 and Santa Cruz grew on me.

What's your favorite street?

OK, this I know this isn't a city street, but I love Highway 1.

Name something you're excited about.


Name a pet peeve.


What are you reading?

Right now I am reading the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Also, Jane Austen's Persuasion, Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader and Paul Tough's Whatever it Takes.

What's the most important thing you've learned in the last three years?

In life, change happens and we get to go along for the ride—sometimes as passenger and sometimes as driver. Shotgun!

Recent personal food trend?

I can't wait until my Food What!? CSA bag arrives in the spring, love crisp Fuji apples, and my latest find—San Felipe Fish Tacos from the Harbor Cafe.

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