About the Founder

Velma Anne Ruth, M.Ed., Founder & President

Velma Anne Ruth, M.Ed. is President & Founder of ABS Community Research, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2001 supporting research, development, and administration for advancements and partnerships in health and human services, education, labor, and criminal justice. 

Volunteer initiatives and charitable consulting have provided support to NGOs, humanitarian programs, professional associations, village associations, faith-based groups, public partnerships, coalition development, and independent media. ABS supports a range of beneficiaries including U.S. Veterans, African American community, groups in multiple Latin American, Caribbean, African, Middle Eastern and Asian nations, plus United Nations affiliated projects such as UNICEF USA and Universal Peace Federation. 

In 2013, UN Economic & Social Council affiliate Universal Peace Federation appointed Velma an Ambassador for Peace, which is a certificate of diplomatic status to the United Nations awarded to selected government officials, diplomats, business leaders, philanthropists, and activists.

Velma has worked closely with federal institutions and consultants directly involved with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Congress. Velma has worked with compatriot ministries of foreign governments and respective Diplomats. 

Through ABS, Velma collaborated with UN Statistics Division, key members of White House Economic Classification and Policy Committee, and related institutions on “Global H Codes”, a classification system she founded for advancing administrative, accounting and information technology systems to support the $6+ trillion U.S. nonprofit sector, and $15 trillion global nonprofit sector, compatible also to intersections of government and corporate sectors. 

The ABS Network constitutes over 7,000 professionals in nonprofit, philanthropic, government, academic, corporate, media, faith-based, and diplomatic arenas.  

Velma Anne Ruth, M.Ed. is President and Founder of Independent Review, Inc., a boutique consulting firm supporting prominent private clients in Washington, D.C. and abroad in domestic and international finance, strategic market research and targeted marketing, federal certifications, risk mitigation and compliance, government and public relations. Through Independent Review, Inc., Velma supports clients on infrastructural development financing backed by the U.S. Department of State, U.S.-Foreign trade associations, and defense of legal and economic rights of peoples abroad including in Mexico and Brazil. Independent Review, Inc. also consults in management of a fundraising database that serves political and nonprofit sectors. Independent Review, Inc. was established in 2010.

In addition to receiving support through consultation, monetary and in-kind contributions over the years, ABS has been sponsored largely by Velma personally since founding, and by Independent Review, Inc. since 2014. 

Velma has a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology and the Visual & Performing Arts, and a Masters of Education in Psychology with focus on Criminal Justice. Velma originally trained as a Creative Arts Therapist, though transitioned into Research & Development per the request of advisors to the U.S. Department of Justice for community justice partnerships. Velma is based in the Washington, D.C. area.