Juan De La Cruz, M. Ed.

Juan De La Cruz is the president of the Adventist Health White Memorial Charitable Foundation.

Juan provides strategic leadership to advance philanthropy to the next level; as well as building close partnerships with our community integration team to be a leading force in the deployment of Blue Zones in Los Angeles. The Adventist Health White Memorial Charitable Foundation has a long history of focusing on the well-being of the Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles.

In his previous role as the Senior Vice President of Community Development for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles; Juan led an incredible fundraising effort in 2020 with the collaboration of all 26 YMCA’s in the association resulting in $33million, the largest fundraising effort in the history of YMCA Los Angeles.

Juan is a son of an immigrant father from Guatemala and an immigrant mother from Mexico. He was raised in Los Angeles County and continues to live there.

Juan is the first person in his immediate and extended family to graduate from a university. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California Los Angeles and master’s degree from Whittier College.

He is currently an active member of the Cal State LA Pat Brown Institute Advisory Board, State Bar Board trustee, and Southeast Los Angeles Collaborative Steering Committee Member.