We drive innovation and excellence

Our team oversees the development and effectiveness of the organization. They are responsible for strategy development, planning, mission execution, resource allocation and community coordination.

Jill Ruiter

Executive Director

Jill Ruiter joined the Aurora Public Schools Foundation team in 2019. She is passionate about mobilizing and optimizing resources to support APS students and their families. Jill is proud to be a Colorado native having graduated from Loveland High School. She has held a number of roles for national organizations including serving as VP of Development and Events at the LIVESTRONG Foundation where she was responsible for the management and strategic execution of all philanthropic revenue sources, including events, direct response, major gifts, stewardship, grants and corporate partners. Previously, Jill worked at the American Diabetes Association in Alexandria, Virginia where she was responsible for the implementation and execution of the Planned Giving program. As Director of this program, she oversaw nearly $25 million in annual revenue. During her tenure, she realized 150% growth in charitable gift annuity revenue and through empowerment of her team increased personal donor contacts by 320%. She also worked at Compassion International in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she helped develop the Planned Giving program, including the creation of their legacy society. In addition, she worked with Major Donors and planned and executed one of the largest cross-functional marketing events in the recent years.

Jill earned a B.S. in Communications from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and an MBA from George Washington University in Washington, DC. While pursuing her MBA, Jill consulted with various energy and international banking corporations. Jill is happiest when she is surrounded by family and friends; and she enjoys exploring the great outdoors!