Ari was born in Mexico City and came to Los Angeles at the age of 10. After losing his father to cancer, his mother and siblings immigrated to the United States for a chance at a better life. His mother cleaned homes to make ends meet and is currently a home care worker and an SEIU Local 2015 member. Since immigrating to the United States in 2001 and until this day, Ari and his family continue to be renters.

Ruiz has worked for some of the most influential federal, state, and local leaders, including Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (Ret.), Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, and LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer (Ret.). As a non-profit leader, Ruiz worked for the El Sereno based non-profit, Barrio Action that focuses on helping at-risk youth children and their families, and for The Laurel Foundation that provides services for families affected by HIV/AIDS. In 2016, Ruiz joined the office of Assemblywoman Burke as a Field Deputy and worked his way up to serve as Deputy District Director. In the Legislature, he focused on supporting small businesses, protecting our environment, helping families access their unemployment benefits, and protecting the LGBT and Immigrant communities.

In 2009, Ruiz was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles City Commission for Children Youth & Their Families where he advocated to make City Hall family friendly and supported the expansion of public safety initiatives including the KIDS Watch LA Program. Then in 2016, Supervisor Hilda Solis appointed him to serve on the Los Angeles County Commission on Insurance where he advised the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on strategies to reduce insurance costs. Ruiz also was unanimously elected to serve as the first Latino President of Stonewall Young Democrats, a youth LGBTQ+ democratic organization focused on electing progressive leaders to office. Prior to his appointments, Ruiz served as a Youth Board Member on the LA-32 Neighborhood Council. 

In the Fall of 2019, and after waiting 20 years, Ari’s dream of becoming a United States Citizen became a reality. Ari is running for the California State Assembly to make history as the first Gay former undocumented immigrant to serve in the California State Legislature.

Awards

  • Truman Award from Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley
  • Outstanding Youth Leader Award from CSW/LA Pride
  • Volunteer of the Year Award from Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • “20 under 20” Award from Janet Jackson