Yanira Cruz is a respected authority on issues associated with the elderly, aging and caregiving among diverse populations. She focuses on providing a Hispanic perspective on public health to increase understanding of the needs impacting vulnerable sectors of our communities
Cruz serves as president and CEO of the National Hispanic Council, is part of the Board of Directors for Justice in Aging and is a member of the Leaders of Aging Organizations. She is a founding member of the Diverse Elders Coalition and was named one of the top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue. Cruz received a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University, where she also earned a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in public health with a specialty in global health.