Arnulfo De La Cruz has over 15 years experience working in the labor movement in California, Texas, and Washington D.C. to organize hospital workers, janitors and public employees. In his previous role as the Director of SEIU’s Immigrant Justice Campaign, Arnulfo directed the union’s efforts to secure comprehensive immigration reform that respects the contributions of immigrants, rebuilds our nation’s economy, secures equal labor and civil rights protections for workers and provides a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented workers in our country.
In 2009, Arnulfo launched and led Mi Familia Vota California, a national non-profit working to unite the Latino community and its allies to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation. During his tenure at MFVCA, De La Cruz led efforts to expand the electorate through direct, sustainable citizenship, voter registration, census education, and GOTV, resulting in thousands of newly registered and active citizens.
The De La Cruz family tradition of fighting for civil rights and social and economic justice in California dates back to his grandmother Jessie De La Cruz, who was one of the first female leaders of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). Arnulfo was born in Oxnard, California during a strike of lemon workers, when both of his parents were organizers for UFW. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and was awarded a highly competitive Fulbright Scholarship to work and study in Mexico. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.