Selection Committee Member
President and CEO, Families In Schools
Oscar Cruz is the president and CEO of Families In Schools (FIS), which is dedicated to involving parents in gaining the best possible education for their children. FIS works with low-income, ethnic, and immigrant communities throughout Los Angeles County and brings strong experience in both engaging families in their children’s education and connecting families to school officials. Before becoming president and CEO, Cruz was FIS’ vice president and director of community engagement and advocacy. Prior to FlS, Cruz was program director for Community Partners, directing projects in community technology and civic engagement. He also served as senior program manager at the Center for Civic Education, where he managed an international network of civil society organizations, school districts, universities, and foundations working to implement civic engagement programs for students and youth throughout the United States and Latin America. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Latin America and served as an official international electoral observer in Mexico’s federal elections (2000 and 2006). He holds a Master of Arts degree in Latin American studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and Latin America studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.