Ruth G. Nadel
Ruth was a member of the first class at the City University of New York’s Baruch College that admitted women. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and later got her Master’s in Education and became a teacher. Ruth married and became a home maker with four boys.
However, she always remained an active volunteer and her unpaid work did not go unnoticed. She was elected to the school board in Santa Barbara, CA, where she helped establish The Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation to provide support for “Anyone seeking further or higher education– whether to be a plumber or an engineer, a student or an artist,” she said. Today, the organization is rated today as one of the best nonprofits in the country.
In 1968, Ruth was encouraged to apply for a midlevel vacancy in the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, testing whether unpaid volunteer work of equivalent level which she had done could be accepted as work experience. Ruth was hired and worked there for 21 years! She earned the Department’s Distinguished Service Award for her contribution in designing and developing the first on-site, employer-supported child care center and related child care options for working families. As their dependent care specialist, she also made sure that eldercare was added in the 80’s.
When Ruth retired in 1989, she chose to return to “professional volunteerism,” or pro bono work, as she calls it. She served as co-chair of the National Council of Women's Organization's Global Women’s Task Force, the Woman’s National Democratic Club Board of Governors, IONA Citizens Advisory Council, produced a weekly national legislative call-in for OWL, and helped establish the Volunteer Neighbors Network in her condo community. Today, Ruth is actively involved with Women's National Democratic Club, The Clearinghouse on Women's Issues, the League of Women Voters, and the American Association of University Women. Ruth is also an appointed Commissioner for the DC Commission on Aging and actively works to end the stigma of ageism.
Ruth is proudly preparing to celebrate her 100th birthday in February 2014.