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Jose Cruz
Jose Cruz

Jose Cruz is the chief executive officer for the San Diego Council on Literacy, a model urban literacy coalition. He recently completed a one-year assignment as executive director of the Southern California Library Literacy Network. He also served for three years as the statewide director of coalition and member development for California Literacy, and worked for 14 years as the associate director for the San Diego Council on Literacy, between 1988 and 2002. He is known in the national literacy network for his accomplishments in coalition building, as he has provided leadership for successful cooperative literacy efforts on a local, regional, and statewide basis. He is the recipient of the 2003 San Diego Union-Tribune, Educator of the Year award, and served as president of Rolling Readers USA, the National Alliance of Urban Literacy Coalitions, and the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. He is also a two-time recipient of the International Reading Association's Celebrate Literacy Award. He is also a native San Diegan and a member of the Old Mission Rotary Club.