Ruth worked as a leader in secondary and post-secondary literacy education for 30 years before retiring from WestEd in April 2019. She founded and co-directed a nationally-recognized teacher professional development program called Reading Apprenticeship for which she led strategic planning, fund-raising and early work in designing and refining teacher learning experiences. Working with colleagues, she also co-wrote numerous articles in key education journals and published several best-selling books on adolescent literacy and literacy for college students. Before this decades-long career, Ruth was active in community politics, ranging from civil rights to paraprofessional and teacher union issues to local neighborhood issues. She was also very active in the fight against Prop 6 (the anti-gay teacher initiative in CA) in the late 1970’s. She learned to drink coffee while attending a Civil Rights march at age 15 on a very cold day outside the White House and attended the March on Washington in 1963 with her family.