Maria De La Cruz (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director at Headwaters Foundation for Justice. She leads the Foundation’s grantmaking, leadership development, capacity building, and development strategies. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan State University, and her Master’s degree and Juris Doctorate at Hamline University. Maria is a board member at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and is the co-chair of the Giving Project Network. Prior to her time at Headwaters, she worked at OutFront Minnesota, Minnesotans United, TakeAction Minnesota, and Casa de Esperanza.
Maria lives in New Hope with her wife Shawn, children Emmanuel and Alejandra, and their dogs Luigi and Snickers.