Alfredo A. Cruz
Vice President of Programs & Special Initiatives
Alfredo A. Cruz joined Foundation for Louisiana in 2011 and currently serves as the Vice-President of Programs and Special Initiatives. In this role, he leads the foundation’s program staff in meeting the institutional goals and objectives while nurturing a culture of equity and effectiveness. As part of the executive team, Alfredo provides leadership with board and staff development, fund development and setting institutional policies and practices. He also oversees new initiatives and partnerships that aim to advance the foundation’s mission.
Prior to his position with the Foundation, Alfredo worked at the Florida Legislature as the Legislative Assistant to Florida State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-9) on a policy agenda focused on clean energy and growing Florida’s green economy and workforce.
Alfredo also worked as a program officer for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where his program areas included arts and culture, youth development, civic engagement, and economic-community development. During his career in philanthropy, he has served on the board of affinity groups such as Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. He is a 2015 PLACES Fellow with the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and currently serves on the boards of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Southeastern Council on Foundations. Alfredo has also served on various nonprofit boards including Whole Child Leon Project, Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition, Council on Culture and Arts, Council of Neighborhood Associations and the Committee for a Better New Orleans.
Alfredo earned his B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University where he also completed a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and M.P.A. studies. He grew up in Miami and lived in Tallahassee (Fla.) for eight years before moving to Louisiana, and currently resides in Baton Rouge.
Alfredo A. Cruz
Vice-President of Programs and Special Initiatives
Foundation for Louisiana
4354 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Ste. 100
Baton Rouge, LA 70816