“A Leader’s Perspective” is more than just a gathering of narratives on female
leaders; it represents the very essence of the women described, as seen through the light of their experiences, the challenges that each one of them has made their own and the achievements that transformed them into genuine leaders. This book has been written with the sincerest intention of encouraging new generations to enliven their ideas and look beyond the reality that lies in front of their eyes so they can shatter the walls of inequality. I hope they can relate to each one of these stories
and be part of a new chapter in our changing society. Author’s Biography Yanira Cruz was born in Jucuapa, department of Usulután, in El Salvador. When she was nine, she emigrated to the United States to be reunited with her mother in Washington, D.C. She pursued her secondary education at Woodrow Wilson High School, now known as Jackson-Reed High School. Afterwards, she moved to Boston, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Emmanuel College. Subsequently, she received her master’s and doctoral degrees in public
health from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her
professional interests revolved around researching sexual and reproductive health issues as well as sexually transmitted diseases among young people and adolescents; nevertheless, she changed the course of her career to focus on conducting essential research for the overall well-being of Hispanic older adults in the U.S. and drafting
public policies concerning these issues for Congress. She is the current President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), headquartered in Washington, D.C., and a founding member and a committee representative of The Diverse Elders Coalition, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of people from diverse ethnicities and the LGBT community. She is also in charge of Casa Iris, a social housing project based in a residential complex for Latino older
adults, one in Washington, D.C., and another in Kansas. Dr. Cruz continues to fight for the benefit of this segment of the population with the support of sister organizations to ensure the right to health of the most vulnerable sectors of society.