Ruth Wong, Director

Military & Veterans Affairs
Los Angeles County

Brigadier General Ruth A. Wong United States Air Force (Ret)

Ruth Wong is the Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

General Wong completed a distinguished career in the United States Air Force retiring as a Brigadier General in September 2001.

She served as Assistant to the Air Force Surgeon General for Medical Readiness and Nursing Services, Aeromedical Evacuation Flight Commander in the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield/Desert Storm and was selected to become one of the first nurse practitioner’s in the Air Force.

General Wong began her career with the County of Los Angeles in 2001 as the Quality Improvement Manager for the Department of Mental Health. She promoted to the Chief Executive Office in 2002 as the Executive Director of the Quality and Productivity Commission and became the Director of Workplace Programs in 2011.

Appointed by the Board of Supervisors, County of Los Angeles, she became the Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, July 16, 2013.

She earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, a baccalaureate degree from Occidental College and received her nursing education at St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Chicago and the University of Virginia. Major awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. She received the Lt. General Charles H. Roadman, U.S. Air Force Surgeon General, Mirror Force award upon retirement.