RObert M. Ruiz
Robert M. Ruiz's personal mission is to help increase the health and well-being of Oklahomans through increased access to education, economic development, cultural development, and healthcare. Robert is ChoiceMatters' Executive Director and Scissortail's President.
Robert's community service has included sitting on the boards of the Sunbeam Family Services, Norman Human Rights Commission, Mary Abbott Children’s House, State Chamber of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy and the Latino Community Development Agency. He's entrepreneurial, having formed Enye Music and Enye Media. Robert also helped redevelop and rebrand a 40+ year old shopping mall into Plaza Mayor, which included establishment of a Latino cultural center, retail business incubator, and charter school.
Renee alvarado Porter
Renee Alvarado Porter is passionate about education and economic development. She is the co-founder of Scissortail Community Development Corporation, a non-profit serving low income Oklahomans in the areas of education, economic and workforce development, housing and healthcare. She founded the ChoiceMatters program.
During her career, she worked for a US Senator, held a political appointment at a federal department, worked for a university, was a manager at USA Today and, during graduate school worked in the London office of a Tulsa, OK-based energy company.
Renee holds three degrees and serves on the boards of numerous civic and philanthropic non-profit entities.
Luis Hidalgo is our community organizer. He was born in Nicaragua and moved at age 15 to Oklahoma City where he attended high school and college. Prior to joining ChoiceMatters, he spent three years at the Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA) as Health Educator and Outreach Specialist for the M-POWER Program which focuses on healthy living and tobacco use prevention. As part of this work, Luis conducted numerous bilingual community assessments in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and led the creation of the program’s framework tools.
Luis completed the National Community Organizer Training Program delivered by Innovate Public Schools to learn about the cycle and structure of community organizing. He also worked for Oklahoma City Public Schools in the Adult Education division.