Ruth BrajevichVice President, Strategic Initiatives
Ruth Brajevich is Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Ware Malcomb, an international design firm, offering architecture, interior design, branding and civil engineering services to corporate and commercial real estate clients. Ruth is an excellent strategist, gifted communicator, innovative thinker and inspiring leader. A member of Ware Malcomb’s Executive Team for over 16 years, she provides guidance and coaching to company leaders throughout the firm’s 25 offices. Since 1998, Ruth has played a key role in the company’s transformation from a regional firm to an international Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Company.
Today, Ruth leads several strategic initiatives for the firm, along with overall strategic planning and leadership and organizational development. She provides strategic direction and oversight for Marketing, Communications and People initiatives. A few of her notable accomplishments include WM’s leadership onboarding and development program, WM Mentoring Coaching program, WM Continuous Improvement program and WM Active, the firm’s wellness and philanthropy initiative.
In 2020 she joined the California State University, Fullerton Women in Leadership program Advisory Board. An accomplished speaker and writer, Ruth was a panelist for the 2019 OC Women in Leadership Symposium organized by the OC Diversity Council. In 2012, she co-founded Women Leaders Connect, a peer to peer women’s leadership group in Orange County. Recent recognition includes 2019 OCBJ Women in Business nominee, 2017 Top 50 Most Influential CMO’s and Marketing Leaders by Science of Digital Marketing, 2016 IMA Women Leaders Award, and 2015 Women of Influence in Real Estate Forum Magazine.
Ruth received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology from University of California, Irvine, and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Harvard University Extension. She is a 13-time marathoner and breast cancer survivor, she has championed cancer research fundraising for both Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and Komen Orange County.