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As an elected School Committee Member serving Salem Public Schools and former legislative aide for former State Representative Juana Matias, Cruz will lead the nonprofit’s advocacy efforts in Massachusetts.

Boston, MA
– Today, Latinos for Education – the first Latino-founded and led national organization dedicated to creating leadership pathways for Latinos in education – announced that Manny Cruz will serve as the organization’s Director of Advocacy. In this role, Cruz will lead efforts in Massachusetts to advocate for Latino students and educators, as well as elevate the organization’s principles in closing the educational opportunity gap for Latino students in the Commonwealth. 

Previously, Cruz served as a legislative aide to former State Representative Juana Matias, specializing in education and immigration policy. Throughout his service in Representative Matias’ office, Cruz worked on constituent services related to housing, MassHealth, legal services, and emergency responses. His experience in constituent support and advocacy carries through to his current position with the School Committee in Salem Public Schools, where he serves on the Personnel, Policy, and Building and Grounds subcommittees. 

“I’m excited to join Latinos for Education during this critical time. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed all the ways that our school systems are failing Latino students in Massachusetts, and now is the time to listen directly to Latino families and educators on the solutions we need to see,” said Manny Cruz. “In the immediate future, the fight is around ensuring tech equity for all Latino students, but longer-term it’s about addressing the opportunity gaps created by our education system that impact Latino educators, students, and families.”

A Salem resident, Manny Cruz is a proud alumnus of Salem Public Schools, and a graduate from Northeastern University with a B.A. in Political Science. In 2019, Manny joined the Office of State Representative Paul F. Tucker (Vice-Chair, Salem), where he continued to build his policy expertise in the areas of Education and Immigration, and advanced key strategic initiatives in the city of Salem. Manny’s previous government and non-profit experience includes serving as the Chair of the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council, a National Park Service Park Ranger at Salem Maritime National Historic Park, and co-ops at the Attorney General’s Office and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.