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Spotlight on Development Director Maria De La Cruz


Development Director Maria De La Cruz

Maria and her partner Shawn Hogendorn with their six-year-old twins Emmanuel and Alejandra.


Maria De La Cruz joined the staff of OutFront Minnesota in May of 2011 – the same week the legislature put the constitutional amendment on the ballot to limit the freedom to marry. “The past two years have been so inspiring,” exclaims Maria. “Seeing people come together to defeat the amendment and then going on to win marriage equality – it has personally meant so much to me.”

Maria and her partner Shawn Hogendorn are the parents of six-year-old twins Alejandra and Emmanuel. A few years ago, Alejandra came home from pre-school crying. When Maria asked what was wrong, her daughter said she was sad because her friends at school didn’t have two moms and she wished they did. The fact that Alejandra is proud to have two moms inspires Maria to continue her work for LGBT equality.

Raised in Menasha, Wisconsin, Maria moved to the Twin Cities in 2002. She attended Metropolitan State University. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies, she went on to earn her Masters in Nonprofit Management. And, just this past May, Maria graduated from Hamline University Law School. If that weren’t enough, she has also been serving as the Co-Finance Director of Minnesotans United since the beginning of the year! When asked how she does it, Maria responds matter of factly “You just do.”

Her recent projects include the Big Gay Race, which was held this past weekend, and OutFront’s Annual Gala, which is October 19 at Walker Art Center. We hope Maria has a vacation planned at the end of the month!


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