John Cruz is the Data Management Coordinator for Rise Community Development in St. Louis. In this role, he utilizes his prior experience working in private sector software development to support activities related to low-income housing developments, community development and technical assistance in collaboration with local non-profits, as well data analysis and democratization for public consumption. He is the co-project lead of the St. Louis Civic Tech and Data Collaborative, managing administrative and budget related tasks for the local initiative.
John holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Web Development from Baker College. When not working, he can be found walking his dog, playing his saxophone, or indulging in street photography.