Lauren Santa Cruz

Senior Director, Digital Creative



Lauren Santa Cruz

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Lauren Santa Cruz is the senior director of digital creative for the Advocacy team at American Progress. She comes from The Hub Project, where, as the associate director of creative, she was responsible for helping to launch the organization and leading visual content production for its campaigns teams and partners.

Prior to jumping into the advocacy world, Santa Cruz spent three years as lead field and international producer/editor for Fusion’s flagship show, “America with Jorge Ramos.” Santa Cruz was nominated for a National Association of Hispanic Journalists award in TV/online journalism alongside anchorman Jorge Ramos for their story “Watch Jorge Ramos Swim Across the Rio Grande” where together they swam from the United States to Mexico. Santa Cruz started her career field producing and shooting video for organizations such as Time magazine, Special Olympics, and the Knight Foundation for International Journalism. Santa Cruz graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s in photography and psychology, and she subsequently earned a master’s degree in multimedia journalism.

With her family roots in Colombia, Santa Cruz was the first in her family to be born in the United States, and she was raised in Miami. She suffers from a constant state of wanderlust and can usually be found at the departure terminal of your closest international airport.


Workplace Discrimination Series: Mia Macy Article

Workplace Discrimination Series: Mia Macy

Congress must pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to end unfair and discriminatory workplace practices that hurt LGBT workers and their families.

Preston Mitchum, Lauren Santa Cruz

Teachers Talk Policy Video

Teachers Talk Policy

This video features teachers from across the United States who are members of new teacher-voice organizations and fellowships—groups whose missions involve getting more teachers’ voices heard in education-policy discussions.

Kaitlin Pennington, Lauren Santa Cruz

3 Ways Sequestration Is Taking a Toll on Struggling Americans Video

3 Ways Sequestration Is Taking a Toll on Struggling Americans

Congress recently sprang into action to save air travelers from flight delays brought on by sequestration. But for the millions of Americans who can’t afford to get on a plane, they have yet to repeal devastating cuts to important programs for struggling families, seniors, and children—leaving us all to wonder where our nation’s most vulnerable fit into Congress’s priorities.

Lauren Santa Cruz, Erik Stegman

Video: LGBT and Undocumented Video

Video: LGBT and Undocumented

There are more than a quarter million immigrants in the United States today that are both LGBT and undocumented. These are some of their stories.

Andrew Satter, Lauren Santa Cruz, Ann Garcia, 1 More Crosby Burns

How the Defense of Marriage Act Is Harming One Military Couple Video
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How the Defense of Marriage Act Is Harming One Military Couple

Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex military spouses are not eligible for nearly 100 spousal benefits freely available to other military spouses. This inequality harms our military families and weakens our entire force.

Lauren Santa Cruz, Katie Miller