The Honorable Demetrica Todd-Ruiz is the Municipal Court Judge in Vineland, New Jersey. When appointed to the position in January 2017, Demetrica became the first African American and first female to serve as judge in the City of Vineland. Prior to her appointment, she served as Prosecutor for Bridgeton Joint Municipal Court and was an associate at Long Marmero & Associates, LLP. In addition to being a lawyer, Demetrica is an online adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix and Cumberland County College.
Demetrica graduated from Widener University in 1995 with a B.S. in Business Administration, in 1996 with a Masters in Taxation, and from Rutgers School of Law – Camden in 2001 with a Juris Doctor. After obtaining her graduate degree, Demetrica worked as an auditor and tax accountant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Upon completing law school, she worked as a tax and corporate attorney at Stradley, Ronon, Stevens and Young, LLP in Philadelphia. Subsequently, Demetrica became employed by Gateway Community Action Partnership in Bridgeton, NJ where she served as the Director of Economic Development. For 12 years while employed at Gateway, Demetrica also served as the Public Defender in Bridgeton Municipal Court, and in 2012 became the first African American in the City of Bridgeton and in Cumberland County to be appointed to the position of Municipal Prosecutor.
Demetrica is the Treasurer for CompleteCare and a board member at Seabrook House. She previously served as Vice Chair for Bridgeton Area PAL, Vice Chair for the Pittsgrove Township Planning Committee, and on the boards of Literacy Volunteers of Cumberland County and Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity. Demetrica served three years as the Vice Chair for the NJ Supreme Court, District I Fee Arbitration Committee and is a member of the Salem County Bar Association, Due Diligence Committee for the Cumberland County Bar Association and the New Jersey Municipal Prosecutors Association. Demetrica is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and serves as a leadership workshop facilitator for Cumberland County College Student Leadership Institute. Previously, Demetrica served as a 4-H county and state double dutch judge, member of Rutgers Cooperative Advisory Council, Pittsgrove Township Recreation Committee, leadership facilitator for the national organization InRoads and ten years as Co-Chairperson of the Widener University African American Alumni Association.
Demetrica is the recipient of several community awards, including being named the 2016 Barrister of the Year by The National Stop the Violence Alliance, 2015 Bridgeton High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame and the 2012 NAACP-Greater Vineland Branch Business Award. Her hobbies include being a soccer mom to her teenage daughter Jade, working in her community, and traveling with both her daughter and husband Michael Ruiz.