Luis Nieves-Ruiz, FAICP


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FAICP Statement

Originally from Puerto Rico, Luis Nieves-Ruiz' career contributions have enhanced economic development, regional food systems, and community revitalization planning. Luis' exceptional leadership in Central Florida includes many years of volunteer service to underserved communities and initiatives to diversify the profession. Luis holds a Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University and serves as Economic Development Manager for the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council in Orlando, Florida. His accomplishments have been recognized by the National Association of Development Organizations, Urban Land Institute, Next City, Wallace Center at Winrock International, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, and Leadership Florida.

Professional Biography

Originally from Puerto Rico, Luis holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University. He currently serves as Economic Development Manager for the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, a council of governments located in Orlando, Florida. As manager of the Council’s economic development program, he has coordinated several projects that utilize regional food systems to drive inclusive economic development including the Orange County Food Production Strategic Plan, the Historic Goldsboro Food Entrepreneurship Plan, and the Cycles and Sprouts program. Mr. Nieves-Ruiz is a founding member of the Good Food Central Florida Food Policy Council and currently leads the Quality of Life subcommittee for the Orange County Community Health Improvement Board. Luis is a member of the first cohort of ULI’s Health Leaders Network and was recently selected as a Regional Food Economies Fellow by the Wallace Center at Winrock International. His professional and community work have also been recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida (2018 Big of the Year), the National Association of Development Organizations (2017 and 2018 Innovation Awards), Next City (2012 Vanguard Class), and Leadership Florida (Connect I).

Education

112447 | Cornell University
Graduation Date: August, 2002
Degree Level: Graduate
Planning Degree

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
Graduation Date: June, 2000
Degree Level: Undergraduate