Since officially moving to Houston September of 2014, Maria De La Cruz has worked in various capacities at the City of Houston’s Health Department (HHD). Currently, she is the administrative manager for the See to Succeed program. See to Succeed supports academic achievement and success in school by providing free comprehensive eye exams and corrective eye wear to children who otherwise have no access to those services. She has also supported the Director’s Office on special projects which included expanding access to health care through the Enroll Gulf Coast Collaborative, assisting victims of Human Trafficking and creating a plan on how the city should aid residents with Sickle Cell.
Maria received her Master of Public Administration degree through the National Urban Fellows (NUF) program at Baruch College in the City University of New York. An extensive leadership development training program, NUF, provides fellows the expertise in the public sector, contributing their newly acquired leadership skills to public service for the betterment of their communities and nation. Prior to her acceptance in a full-time position at the department, Maria served at HHD as a fellow for nine months in the director’s office.
Maria’s first experience serving her community came from her time at the Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement--a mission-driven organization that connects students, colleges, non-profit entities, and local governments to improve communities and promote social justice. Maria worked with the Bonner Center at both The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and Middlesex County College (MCC).
Maria was born in Spain and is half Cape Verdean.