Anel Ruiz
Anel Ruiz

Anel Ruiz, who stepped down as press secretary to Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot last month, has joined public affairs and crisis management firm Culloton + Bauer Luce as senior VP.

Ruiz previously served as public affairs director for the Chicago Department of Public Affairs and deputy chief of staff for Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle. She has also been director of development at Free Spirit Media and communications manager at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

In addition to working with clients in the firm’s portfolio of healthcare providers, Ruiz will advise CBL clients on issues management.

“Anel’s hands-on experience in policymaking and her sense of how fast an issue can take shape in today’s digital-first environment makes for a uniquely skilled counselor,” said Natalie Bauer Luce, CBL partner and executive VP.

Culloton + Bauer Luce’s practice serves such industries as healthcare, energy, gaming, manufacturing, sports, education, cannabis, technology and transportation.