Rosana Cruz

Vice President of Movement and Capacity Building

rcruz@raceforward.org

For more than 20 years, Rosana has been on the front-lines of racial justice and human rights efforts on the local and national scene.  Since 2007, she's held senior leadership positions in two of the most effective grassroots-led organizations in New Orleans: Safe Streets/Strong Communities and Voice Of The Ex-offender (V.O.T.E.).  After the levees burst in 2005, Rosana was the Field Coordinator at the National Immigration Law Center, helping to establish the New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice. Previous to her work against the criminalization of black and brown people in New Orleans, she directed the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of New Orleans and was the Southern Field Organizer for Amnesty International. Rosana serves on the Board of Directors of Women With A Vision and is a core member of the Women's Health and Justice Initiative. She holds an MA in Latin American Studies and a BA in Race and Gender. She has lived in New Orleans for over 15 years and is raising a brilliant kid.