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Ruth is a fierce advocate with a passion for serving her community.

Ruth McDaniels is a 2nd generation Trinidadian with her parents migrating to Harlem in the 1960’s. Her mother worked at CUNY for over 30 years and her father was a veteran of the Vietnam war and drove a medallion taxi.

Ruth is an electrifying activist whose delivery of the truth encourages, equips, empowers, and inspires those around her. With over 25 years experience in law enforcement as a peace officer, Ruth is a discerner of people and a problem solver.

Ruth has worked in many high volume, multi-cultural settings as a Peace Officer for the NYC Department of Education, a Level 3 Supervisor for the NYPD’s School Safety division, and a Sergeant at the NYC Department of Human Resources Administration’s Police Department. Through these experiences, Ruth developed and implemented policies and trained staff to ensure public safety in an environment surrounded by trauma and disenfranchisement.

Now retired, Ruth is still serving the community. She is the Vice President for the 32nd Precinct Community Council and a member of the Clergy Council. She is also the President of the BUFNY/II Harlem Tenant Association and Founder of “Harlem Blooms, the W 137th Street Spring Tree Bed Initiative that provides freshly planted flowers, tree replacement, and protective fences.


Ruth hosted the first NYPD Neighborhood Coordination Officers “Meet and Greet” at Mother AME Zion Church and spearheads the Annual Coat Drive for local residents and individuals and families in local shelters. Ruth also serves on the Advisory Board of The Studio Museum of Harlem and is the recipient of several awards including a 2020 certificate of special Congressional recognition from Congressman Adriano Espaillat, a 2011 certificate of appreciation from Councilman Bill Perkins, the Danny Thomas Award, a certificate of appreciation from St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and the Kappa Gamma Phi Honor Society Award.


Ruth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the College of New Rochelle and a Masters in Public Administration from Mercy College. She is a chaplain, a devoted Christian spiritual leader, and the Matriarch of her 5 children and 7 grand-children. Her hobbies include swimming, music, travel, and helping the disenfranchised.