Joe Ruiz

Joe Ruiz
Vice President of Social Impact and The UPS Foundation

Joe is the Vice President of Social Impact and The UPS Foundation. He oversees The UPS Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program, directing The UPS Foundation’s work in Disaster Resilience, Response and Recovery, combining philanthropic investments, technical expertise, skilled volunteerism, thought leadership collaboration, and global logistical support.

He also oversees UPS supply chain logisticians deployed around the world eads the award-winning Medical Drone Network initiative launched in 2016 including:  The UPS Humanitarian Expert on Mission Program that embeds skilled volunteers for up to 9 months with UN and other non-governmental organizations to strengthen public health supply chains; The Logistics Emergency Team (LET) loaned manager program that deploys supply chain experts to assist the U.N. Global Logistics Cluster within 48 hours of disasters and crises to stand up humanitarian supply chains. Since 2007, The UPS Foundation has deployed logistics experts and resources in Indonesia (2007), Myanmar (2008), Haiti (2008), Philippines (2009), Padang (2009), Haiti (2010), Pakistan (2010), Japan, Horn of Africa, Nigeria  (2011), Sahel Region of Africa (2012), Philippines (2013 and 2014) , Nepal  (2015) Haiti (2016) Peru. Kenya, and Puerto Rico (2017).  Joe also manages the UPS Logistics Action Team (LAT) initiative that deploys logistics coordinators to assist to in Red Cross emergency operation centers in the aftermath of domestic disasters. The LAT has been deployed in:  Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, California, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York and Colorado. In 2017, The UPS Foundation deployed LAT support in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Joe also coordinates air, ocean and ground shipments across UPS’s global transportation network to bring life-sustaining supplies to disaster survivors and refugee aid agencies. In 2017, The UPS Foundation transported more than 560 in-kind shipments across 61 countries, including $2.6 million in support for the global refugee crisis affecting 65 million people displaced by conflict. Joe also oversees The UPS Foundation’s Communications -- Foundation website, Twitter page, Social Impact Report and coordinated messaging with UPS Foundation partners.

Joe began his UPS career in 1988 and served in district, region and corporate assignments within the organization, before joining The UPS Foundation in 2007. Joe currently serves on the board of The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, The Salvation Army National Advisory Board, and The Good360 Corporate Advisory Council. He is a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Risk & Resilience and formerly served the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP) on their Executive Committee.

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