Audience in Lecture






Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships


The College Board


Rick Cruz serves as Vice President of Mission Advancement at America’s Promise Alliance. In this capacity, he oversees strategic partnerships, programming, external relations and fund development and is a member of the executive leadership team. Rick brings to America’s Promise 20 years of experience in high-growth, entrepreneurial for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the education and advisory services sectors.

Prior to his current role, Rick advised corporations, foundations and nonprofits on strategy, organizational development and learning, and evaluation as a leader of the Education and Youth Practice at FSG, a consulting firm that works across sectors to drive social change. Rick has also held several leading positions in the education sector, having served as the CEO of DC Prep Public Charter Schools, a high-performing charter management organization serving students preschool through eighth grade in the most under-resourced communities in Washington, DC, and as Chief Field Officer of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, where he oversaw a national network of program sites and led key efforts in strategy, fundraising and government affairs. Rick also previously served as Vice President of Regional Operations at Teach For America.

Earlier in his career, Rick worked for more than 12 years in various management roles at the CEB, a premier advisory services firm providing decision support tools, best practice research and executive education to more than 5,000 companies and their executives worldwide. While at CEB, he specialized in coaching clients on critical strategic initiatives, including organizational and talent development, strategic planning, corporate governance, and working with boards.

Rick currently serves as a member of the Public Charter School Board (PCSB) of the District of Columbia, where he serves as chair of the finance and operations committee. He also serves on the Boards of Imagination Stage children's theatre and Isabella & Ferdinand Academia de Español.

Rick earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University, having pursued multi-disciplinary coursework in political philosophy, political science, and international relations. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Leslie, and two children, Luca and Belén. He is an avid reader, book collector, and cook.