Ruth Herring is the Director of Foundation Relations Relations & Donor Engagement at the ACLU of Northern California. She manages foundation fundraising and oversees the cultivation and stewardship program, deepening the organization’s relationships with individual donors.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Ruth was a fundraising consultant for small and mid-sized social justice organizations, helping staff and volunteer leaders build sustainable development programs with diverse sources of funding. Ruth is a seasoned fundraising leader. She has served as development director of the Women’s Foundation of California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and NARAL Pro-choice California, deputy director of Lambda Legal, and board president of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project.
Ruth is a graduate of Brooklyn College and the Yale School of Music, where she earned degrees in violin performance. Before moving into the not-for-profit sector, Ruth was a professional chamber and orchestral musician in New York and New England. She enjoys riding her bicycle, hiking, bird watching, and traveling with her partner Pamela Peniston.