I’m an urban planner and social justice advocate working to make Los Angeles a more livable, bikeable, resilient and inclusive city. All about that jobs-transit-housing balance.
Carlo De La Cruz works at the Milken Institute’s California Center, a non-profit economic think tank, addressing affordability issues throughout the state through public policy and research. His work focuses on workforce development, regional governance, and the job-housing-transit balance through the institute’s San Francisco Bay Area based advocacy effort. Prior to returning to Los Angeles to be closer to family, he spent the last ten years in the Bay Area working with community non-profits, foundations and local government addressing issues related to poverty, affordable housing, urban governance and voting rights.
A longtime advocate of Asian-American and LGBT issues, Carlo has pushed for greater inclusion and access for low-income and communities of color within cities and public institutions. Most recently he managed and published a joint research initiative with the Association of Bay Area Government and Resources for Community Development analyzing the environmental and economic benefits of combining affordable housing with transit.
Currently, he serves as the co-chair for the Lacuna Giving Circle, a democratic philanthropic fund committed to giving and raising money for non-profits serving the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.
A double graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Carlo received his Master’s in City Planning and B.A. in Asian American Studies and History of Art.
Carlo is an avid cyclist and hiker of National Parks; most weekends, you can find him on two wheels or in the hills.