Betty Cruz Founder and Director, Change Agency

Betty Cruzphoto: Scott Goldsmith, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Community advocate and a leader in Pittsburgh’s effort to welcome immigrants to the region

Betty Cruz is a passionate community advocate and a leader in Pittsburgh’s effort to welcome immigrants to the region. As the founder and director of Change Agency, Betty works to advance civic initiatives that support community change efforts. Through programs like All for All, she forges connections across sectors to ensure that Pittsburgh’s global community is considered and included in policies and programs.

Before founding Change Agency, Betty worked as the Deputy Chief of Special Initiatives for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, where among her many projects she worked to establish the Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative to cultivate a plan for a more inclusive and welcoming Pittsburgh region.

Betty is a first-generation Cuban-American with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and nearly 20 years of experience in community outreach, communications, partnership-building, and program management. She is “Miamian by birth, Pittsburgher by choice,” and a member of The Global Switchboard.


All for All

Connecting people, organizations, and communities to ensure that the Pittsburgh region is welcoming and inclusive for all.

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Change Agency

Founder and Director

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The Global Switchboard


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Welcoming Pittsburgh

Making Pittsburgh a more welcoming city for today's immigrants

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