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Mr. Cruz has long been involved in public education. In Washington, D.C., he served as the Chief Executive Officer of D.C. Prep Public Charter School which focuses on student academic achievement, character education and high school and college readiness. On a national level, Mr. Cruz held senior-level positions at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Teach for America and America’s Promise Alliance. Currently, he is Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships at The College Board, a nonprofit organization which connects students to college success. Outside of education, Mr. Cruz has strong experience in finance, budget management, and fiscal strategy. He was a strategic consultant, having worked at the Corporate Executive Board and the Advisory Board Company for more than a decade in successive leadership positions in the US and internationally. Mr. Cruz has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Yale University.