Cindy Cruz (she/ella) is a passionate advocate for reproductive justice, racial justice, and LGBTQ liberation. She is currently the Director for the Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth (RHEP) at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL), where she works to end inequitable reproductive health outcomes for youth in foster care and support the healthy sexual development and bodily autonomy of young people. Prior to joining NCYL, Cruz served as the Western States Program Director at URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity, where she oversaw programming, policy and organizing work in California and worked in partnership with young people to ensure the accessible and inclusive implementation of SB24. Previously, she served as Director of Education for Planned Parenthood California Central Coast where she led the organization’s sex-education programming and worked closely with colleagues and community partners to lobby and inform policy that increased access to comprehensive sex education and health care services.
Cruz is a Certified Health Education Specialist and received a BS in Public Health Education, and a Master of Public Health from California State University, Northridge. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and is the proud daughter of Salvadoran immigrants.