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Published on Jul 5, 2012
Ruben Barrales has an extensive background in both government and private industry, with experience as an elected official and as an advocate for business. He served for five years in the White House as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, where he was the President's liaison to state and local elected officials.
Prior to joining the President's staff, Barrales became the first Latino elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1992 and as re-elected as President of the Board in 1996.
In 2005, Barrales received the "Ohtli Award" from the government of Mexico for his commitment to improving the well-being of Hispanics in the United States.
Barrales graduated from UC Riverside in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in political science and administrative studies.