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Daniel Ruiz II

Chief of Staff

Daniel Ruiz is Chief of Staff for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. In this role, he is responsible for driving the CEO’s priorities, building collaboration and accountability among staff to achieve the company’s strategic goals, and managing internal and external communications for the CEO. Daniel also serves as the liaison to the Board of Directors.

Before joining Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Daniel led a 20-year career in public service at various government agencies, including the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office & Elections Department, and the Office of the Arizona Governor.

Most recently, Daniel served as Chief of Staff to former Governor Doug Ducey. In this role, he was responsible for leading the Governor’s staff and cabinet to achieve the Governor’s agenda throughout state government, at the Legislature, and across Arizona. Daniel’s leadership helped drive a successful administration in operations, legislative affairs, strategy, policy, crisis management, and communications.

Daniel is a Flinn-Brown Fellow and was the 2018 recipient of the Jack B. Jewett Public Service Award from the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. He was also recognized as a Breakout by the Arizona Capitol Times for his work on complex and challenging public policy issues and nominated for the 2021 Best Capitol Staffer award.

Daniel received a bachelor’s degree in business communications from the University of Phoenix in 2012. Daniel is a native of Arizona, and when he is not working, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his son.