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Jose Cruz is the executive director for the Southern California Library Literacy Network. He has served as the statewide director of coalition and member development for California Literacy, and worked for 14 years as the associate director for the San Diego Council on Literacy. He is the
recipient of the 2003 San Diego Union-Tribune, "Educator of the Year" award, and has served as president of Rolling Readers USA, the National Alliance of Urban Literacy Coalitions, and the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. He is well-known in the national literacy network, especially for his efforts in coalition building, creative collaborations, literacy promotions, and professional development for literacy workers. He has provided leadership for cooperative literacy efforts on a local, regional, statewide, and national basis. He has been recognized for promoting and developing literacy programs for the homeless and for probationers in San Diego County and is a two-time recipient of the International Reading Association's "Celebrate Literacy Award". He is a native San Diegan.