Cindy Cruz is a passionate advocate for reproductive justice, racial justice and LGBTQ rights. Determined to help reduce inequities and empower communities through education and policy change, she began her career with Planned Parenthood California Central Coast (PPCCC) in 2016 and currently serves as the Director of Education. As director of the education department, Cruz oversees the delivery, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s sex education programming and works closely with colleagues and community partners to lobby and inform policy that supports access to comprehensive sex education and health care services. Prior to joining PPCCC, she 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. 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.