Mr. Cruz joined the New Jersey Community Capital team as the NJCC’s first ever Chief External Affairs Officer in September 2017. As a member of the executive team, Mr. Cruz oversees resource development, investor relations, government relations, communications, and impact reporting for NJCC.
Mr. Cruz brings more than 20 years of experience to NJCC, including an extensive background working with nonprofits, resource development, grant writing, fundraising, neighborhood planning and development, and real estate development. He joined to NJCC from Jewish Renaissance (JR), a Middlesex County-based, multi-purpose nonprofit. His prior work experience also includes serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Jersey City Episcopal Community Development Corporation (now known as the Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation), President of the Bruno Group, and Aide to the Mayor of the City of Perth Amboy. Jorge is a frequent speaker, coach and trainer on wide range of topics in nonprofit and public sector management.
He serves on several boards and commissions, including the Center for Nonprofits and gubernatorial appointments to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Prevention Advisory Council and New Jersey Policy Academy to End Homelessness. Jorge is a Founding Board Member of the Academy for Urban Leadership (AUL), a Perth Amboy-based charter school. With an undergraduate degree from The College of New Jersey, Jorge has also completed several fellowships and continuing education in urban planning and nonprofit and public sector management.