As the Health and Human Services General Manager for the Confederated tribes of Warm Springs, Ms. Cruz provides leadership, management and vision to the Branch. In this role, she leads, evaluates, develops and implements plans to enhance the health and welfare of the community members.
Throughout her career, Ms. Cruz has served in numerous professional positions. She worked for the Department of Human Services Addictions and Mental Health Branch for 21.5 years, serving in numerous roles such as; Lead Prevention Trainer, Tribal Liaison, Prevention Specialist, Project Officer for grants, Director of Resource Center and development of statewide Diversity training. Ms. Cruz is a former Deputy Sheriff for Santa Clara County California and worked in a Housing Project with under-served youth. Prior to returning home to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Ms. Cruz played a key role in being the main author for Oregon Tribal Based Practices, developing curriculum for certifying prevention specialists, and developing and presenting numerous trainings nationally.
Ms. Cruz received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon State College, Certificate of Public Management Willamette University - Geo. Atkinson Graduate School of Management.