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Anna Cruz has been with Way Finders since 2015. As a Community Engagement Coordinator, she provides leadership and assistance to residents and resident-led organizations in targeted Holyoke neighborhoods. She also coordinates the Chestnut Community Alliance, a resident-led group working to address issues of public safety and crime.
Anna, who is bi-lingual, has a passion for engaging Latinx residents and recruiting them for leadership training and community projects. The relationships she builds with residents are based on trust and rooted in an understanding of the daily struggles endured by most families living in low-income neighborhoods. Prior to Way Finders, Anna was the project coordinator at the Gandara Center for a coalition working to prevent underage drinking.