Misty Ruffing

Communication Strategist

Misty Ruffing is an experienced advocate and organizer with a proven track record of helping organizations achieve their goals. Her experience includes developing coalitions, coordinating community engagement, leading public outreach, and managing non-profit organizational operations. Misty has successfully worked with a wide variety of civic, governmental and business leaders throughout her career. She is a former small business owner who understands the importance of delivering value to clients and the challenges of entrepreneurship.

  • B.S. in Chemistry, College of William & Mary, 2002
  • Koch Associate Program, Class of 2020
  • William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, 2017-19
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Non-Profit Leadership Fellowship, 2015
  • E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders, 2014
  • Inaugural Chair, League of Minority Voters NC (Nov 2020-2022)
  • Board of Advisors, Listen First Project (2017-present)
  • Trustee, North Carolina Humanities Council (appointed by the Governor; Oct 2014 –2019)
  • Media Director, Stephen Siller Foundation Tunnel to Towers 5K-Raleigh (2014-present)
  • Human Relations Commissioner, City of Durham (Oct 2013 –July 2014)
  • Treasurer/Board Member, Holt Athletic Association (March 2010 –August 2012)
  • President, Port Warwick Merchant Association (Sept 2008 –June 2009)
  • Vice-President, Port Warwick Merchant Association (Jan 2007 –Sept 2008)
  • Secretary, Port Warwick Merchant Association (Jan 2006 –Dec 2007)
  • Director, Port Warwick Art Foundation (Sep 2007 –June 2009)
  • Secretary/Board Member, Hampton Roads Country Day School Board of Trustees (Aug 2006 –June 2008)
  • Structure and properties of some cresolphthalein derivatives, William E. Brenzovich, Jr., Misty D. Odell, Joana P. Soares and Christopher J. Abelt, Dyes and Pigments, 59, 251-261, 2003.
  • Top 10 Women Under 30, Daily Press, November 2006

Sailing, charcuterie, holiday decorating.

My favorite book is the prize from my Kindergarten spelling bee: Stand Back Said the Elephant I’m Going to Sneeze.

Favorite Quote

"If life is easy, you are doing it wrong.” - My Grandmother

Professional Philosophy

The effort you put into your work speaks to who you are. I want to be the best version of myself.

First Job

Chuck E Cheese. I was the only one who wanted to be Chuck and I loved it.