Rocio Cruz is the Country Director of the Dominican Republic (DR) at Food for the Hungry (FH) and serves out of FH’s office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She has over 10 years of leadership experience in program management. She joined FH in 2016 as the Regional Human Resources Manager in the U.S. During this time, she discovered her love for visiting FH field offices and interacting directly with the communities FH serves. She soon became the Regional Program Quality Manager for the Latin American Region and later assumed her current role as the Country Director of the DR (her home country) in 2018. In this role she manages the strategic planning of yearly programs, meets with the government, donors, and community leadership, serves as a link between the communities and international donors, and stewards/leads FH staff in DR. Rocio is passionate about serving God, giving back to her country, helping develop the Dominican people, and seeing people reach their God-given potential.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business Management with a minor in Legal Studies from the State University of New York at Farmingdale. She also earned a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Baruch College. Additionally, she has certificates in project management, strategic management, and human resources.
When asked what inspires her most about her work with FH, she says, “The idea of restoring people’s dignity in Christ. Being an instrument in the transformation process of people, especially in the communities where we serve. When we understand that regardless of our role or position, we are contributing to communities being transformed, we understand that we have a transcendent impact and that we are contributing to advancing God’s Kingdom on earth. That makes me get up out of bed every morning.”