Director of Programs
Alfredo A. Cruz is originally from Nicaragua, grew up in Miami, and lived in Talahassee for eight years before moving to Louisiana. He joined Foundation for Louisiana in 2011 as the Program Officer for Economic Opportunity. Alfredo’s responsibilities include identifying partnership and investment opportunities throughout the state that are aligned with the goals of the Foundation’s Economic Opportunity Portfolio, providing technical assistance and aid in proposal development to grantees and potential grantees, and helping to scale economic opportunity strategies for statewide impact. Prior to his position with the Foundation, Alfedo worked at the Florida Legislature as the Legislative Assistant to Florida State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-9). Alfredo has also served 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 in cities nationwide. During his ten-year career in philanthropy, he has served on the board of affinity groups such as Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and he is a graduate of Leadership Miami. Alfredo has also served on the Tallahassee Performing Arts Committee, was a steering committee member of the Whole Child Leon Project, a board member of Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition and a member of the United Way of the Big Bend's For Young Leaders Only (FYLO). His civic service also includes participation in the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) and membership on the Board of Directors of the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA). 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. In his off time, Alfredo enjoys volnteering in the community, writing, cooking, reading and traveling.