Jun 12, 2024
Maria Cruz
“The Latina Heart Health Walk”

Dr. Maria W. Cruz is the Town of Manchester’s first female, first woman of color and first Latina to serve in the role of Town Clerk.  Dr. Cruz was appointed to the position following the untimely passing of Darryl E. Thames, Sr.  She will serve for the remainder of the 2021-2025 term.  Dr. Cruz’s professional career includes nearly thirty years working for the State of Connecticut in various human services roles advocating for the preservation of children with their families as well as the safety, well-being and permanency for children and ensuring the service delivery for children with complex mental health needs. Dr. Cruz also continues to serve on various local commissions and boards for the town of Manchester. Dr. Cruz holds degrees from Springfield College (B.S.), Springfield College School of Social Work (M.S.W.) and Capella University (Ed.D).  Dr. Cruz is the founder of the Manchester Latino Affairs Council Inc. (M.L.A.C.). M.L.A.C. was established in January of 2007.  M.L.A.C. addresses social issues with a focus on diversity, inclusivity, and equality within our Latino community.