About Us

Cindy Cruz (she/her/ella)

Western States Program Director

Cindy Cruz is a passionate advocate for reproductive justice, racial justice, and LGBTQ rights.  Prior to joining URGE, she served as Director of Education for Planned Parenthood California Central Coast where she oversaw the delivery, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s sex-education programming and worked closely with colleagues and community partners to lobby and inform policy that supports access to comprehensive sex education and health care services.

While in graduate school, Cindy worked as a peer mentor for CAMINO, a grant program focused on providing pathways to health careers for first-generation, low–income and Hispanic students. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) and Just Communities Central Coast. Cindy 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.