I am Ruby Faye Woolridge
I BELIEVE IN AN ARLINGTON FOR ALL.
Ruby Faye Woolridge has more than 35 years of experience as an educator, she taught government, Texas History and American History before retiring as a Fort Worth Independent School District Secondary School Counselor in 2011. She is an ordained minister and community volunteer where she has advocated for Arlington citizens and Arlington businesses, especially small businesses that are the foundation of any community. She served as Tarrant County Democratic Party Outreach Coordinator, election judge, and precinct 2181 chairwoman. Her first experience in Texas politics began at the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1989. Her commitment has enabled Ruby to be a leader in our North Texas region’s efforts, issues, and enhancements for children’s health to transportation, minority issues, women’s issues and economic development.
Her background includes experience in the school board, Tarrant County District Clerk and State Representative District 94 elections. She is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology Diaconal Ministry Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She has served as an elder at the Potter’s House of Dallas since 2006 after serving as a senior associate pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Arlington. She was ordained as a minister in 1998. She holds a B.A. Degree in Education and M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK.
Her community service includes President-Norwood Neighborhood Association, Arlington Chapter NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delegate to District and State Democratic Conventions in 2008. Ruby was a VIP Attendee to the 2008 Democratic National Convention and she attended the 2009 and 2013 Presidential Inaugurations and has served as Secretary/Treasurer of the North Texas Higher Education Authority Board of Directors.
She has been previously active in Arlington Human Services Planners, Leadership Arlington, Child Advocates of Tarrant County, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Independent School Insiders, Women’s Policy Forum and Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity-Oklahoma.
Ruby is the oldest of four children and the mother of two sons and one grand-daughter. Her oldest son, a Lamar High School graduate and disabled Bronze Star winner and Gulf War Army veteran, died last year from the effects of his service in the military. Her youngest son is a graduate of Fort Worth Country Day School, business owner and a Ph.D. candidate in Maryland.
Record of Service
· Honored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority as Woman of the Year
· Campaigned with former mayors to get residents to approve building Texas Rangers Baseball Stadium in 1994
· Participated in the campaign to build Cowboy Stadium in 2004
· She worked to restructure Open Classrooms in Arlington Elementary Schools
· She worked to ensure that more African-Americans were hired in Arlington Schools and with the City of Arlington
· She met with Arlington Schools Administrators to improve communication between the District and African-American community
· She worked with the community to establish the first celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday in Arlington
· She served on Mayor Richard Greene's task force to ensure inclusion of under-represented citizens on boards and agencies
· She was co-founder of an after school tutorial program for African-American students in Arlington Schools
· She served as leader of a coalition of parents that met with school administrators to reduce racial tension in some of the schools
· She received Kappa Alpha Psi Educator of the Year Award
· She was named as one of Star Telegrams Tarrant County Trailblazers
· She was honored by KKDA Radio as a North Texas Shero
· She received Outstanding Supporter of Arlington NAACP Award
· She founded Neighborhood Association
· She served as secretary/treasurer of $1.9 billion North Texas Higher Education Authority Board of Directors
· She was listed in UTA Oral History Project for her contributions to Tarrant County
· She was listed in publication: Bloodlines-A Dynastical History of Blacks in Fort Worth and Tarrant County
Member Board of Directors, City of Arlington Parks and Recreation, 2015-present
Member, Retired Teachers Association, 2015-present
Member, Fort Worth Assembly, 2012-present
Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2010-present
President, Norwood Neighborhood Association, 2007-present
Elder Minister, The Potters House of Dallas, 2005-present
Minister, Church Hospital Ministry, current
Member, Chapter Vice President, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, 1996-present
Member, Xi Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
President, Arlington Black United Coalition
Provisional, Junior League of Arlington
Member, Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Previously active in:
Member, Leadership Arlington
Member, Arlington Human Services Project
Member, League of Women Voters
Member, National Women's Political Caucus
Member, Texas Democratic Women's Club
Member, Women's Policy Forum
Member, Xi Theta Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha