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Sandy A. Cruz-Serrano

Deputy Executive Director

Sandra A. Cruz-Serrano, CREC’s Deputy Executive Director, is an accomplished, results-oriented professional with extensive experience in education, staff and fiscal management, employment and training, legislative advocacy, and youth development. She has a demonstrated expertise in project planning, management and reporting, grant writing, client services, supervision, and interpreting complex policies and regulations.

She joined CREC in 2008 as Director of Operations to lead the expansion of CREC’s school construction, transportation, technology, and food services programs. Under her direction, CREC increased its daily transportation services from 3,000 students per day to over 10,000 students, and is expected to quadruple its school construction projects in just two years. She is also responsible for overseeing CREC’s participation in the Sheff v. O’Neill desegregation efforts.  Cruz-Serrano served as Director of Operations until 2012, when she was promoted to be CREC’s COO.

Prior to joining CREC, Cruz-Serrano was the chief operating officer for the Hartford Public School system, which has approximately 25,000 students in 40+ public schools . She oversaw the district’s nearly $400 million budget.

While in Hartford, she also oversaw and managed the growth of its school grants program, which grew from $45 million to over $100 million in 6 years. She successfully oversaw other areas such as security, transportation, grants, and food services. Cruz-Serrano also developed administrative systems, policies and regulations that helped the district return from state receivership to the control of the local community.  She has also worked for the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, Capital Workforce Partners and the City of Hartford.

She has won numerous awards for community service and educational leadership from a wide variety of area and statewide groups. Cruz-Serrano attended Hartford schools.  She is bilingual (English and Spanish) and has taught bilingual education and preschool special education in Hartford. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science and public administration from Central Connecticut State University and her graduate work was in theology from the Andover Newton Theological School.

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