Lecturers at the Jefferson Educational Society

Betty Cruz

Betty Cruz, M.P.A., as the Deputy Chief of Special Initiatives developed citywide initiatives for Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, has managed major accounts for a national nonprofit dedicated to building playgrounds across the U.S., and supported public relations for global brands representing a wide range of industries. In 2016, Ms. Cruz launched Change Agency, a social enterprise business that serves as a hub for targeted civic initiatives that promote inclusion in the Pittsburgh region. The organization’s flagship project is All for All, a countywide immigrant integration initiative. Originally from Miami, Florida, Ms. Cruz is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and a first-generation college graduate. She holds a B.A. in History from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.A. from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.