Angie A. Cruz

Angie A. Cruz, Ph.D., Board Member

Angie A. Cruz, Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Institute for Spirituality in the Workplace.  As the name implies, the Institute’s goal is to develop spirituality in the workplace, on all levels, from CEOs to clerical and janitorial staff.

            Since her arrival in NY in the seventies, Dr. Cruz has been active in community affairs.  She was co-founder and chair of the Philippine Americans for Community Action and Development that received grants from Federal, State and City governments for community research and outreach projects.  She co-founded The Filipino School in the Greater Washington, D.C. area.

            She initiated closer cooperation and interaction between Asian American/Pacific Islander groups and the Filipino American community, heading such prestigious organizations as the Pacific Asian Coalition and Asian American Caucus of Greater NY.

She served as a member of the Sub-Committee on Multigenerational Relationships of the UN/NGO Committee on Aging.

            She was in the exploratory group organized by the United Way of NYC that paved the way for the formation of the present Asian American Federation.  She has testified for Asian and Filipino American causes in the White House, U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate, and U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

            Dr.  Cruz was among the very first Filipino Americans employed by the Democratic Party in a presidential campaign.  She has sat in advisory councils for various government agencies, such as the then INS, the White House Initiatives, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

            She has also served as the Eastern Region Special Adviser to the NaFFAA National Chair Loida Nicolas Lewis for 4 years.  She is on the Boards of FALDEF, Friends Indeed USA, Inc., and FAMI.  She is a charter Board member of Philippine Independence Day Council Inc., and served actively  from 2003 to 2005.  She is a core group member of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel in Manhattan.

            Dr. Cruz received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Graduate School and University Center of the C.U.N.Y. and her B.A., and B.S.E., both Magna Cum Laude, from St. Theresa’s College, Manila.  Her employment history includes the NYC Board of Education, the NYC Department for the Aging and United Way of New York as employers. As an independent consultant, her clients have included United Way International, United Way Philippines, Community Chest of Thailand, TLC Beatrice International Holdings, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Center for the Study of Philanthropy, Center for Urban Research, Philippine Department of Tourism, National Institute of Mental Health and U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Education for Parish Services, the Eleventh Judicial District of the Supreme Court in Queens, NY, and The Lewis College in Sorsogon (Bicol Province).

            Dr. Cruz’s expertise includes research, strategic planning, crisis management, marketing and communications, proposal and journalistic writing.  She has contributed articles to NYC’s Filipino Reporter, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star, and Manila Times where she had a bi-weekly column.

            Her awards include: Filipino Heritage Foundation (Religious Ministry), Balik Scientist (Drug Prevention Education), United Way International (Appreciation of Outstanding Service), United Way of America (Presidential Award), United Way Philippines (Leadership), Pacific Asian Coalition (Leadership), NYC Board of Education, School District 8 (Outstanding Educator), and Philippine NY Jaycees (Distinguished Service).