Chief of Staff
Lisa Marie Ruda, the Chancellor’s Chief of Staff, oversees school operations, general counsel and interagency relations.
Ms. Ruda’s previous post was in 2006 as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD), Ohio’s largest public school district.
As Chief of Staff at CMSD from 2000 to 2006, Ms. Ruda was the second highest ranking district official. She oversaw all divisions and the district’s 8,000 full time employees, 100 school buildings, $600 million general fund budget, and $1.5 billion capital budget.
Before serving for CMSD, Ms. Ruda worked in the legal profession and at age 28 was one of the youngest people in the nation to be appointed Chief Counsel for an urban school district. Before that, she was a litigator at Kelley, McCann and Livingstone (now known as Taft, Stettinius and Hollister). She began her work in education and public law, representing school districts in collective bargaining, property transfers, public contracts, public records, open meetings, teacher and administrator evaluations and contract renewals, students with disabilities, employment discrimination, and finance and taxation issues.
Ms. Ruda earned a bachelor’s degree form Bowling Green State University and a juris doctorate from Case Western.