• Parents:  Hilario “Loddy” and Patricia Dela Cruz
  • Sibling:   Donalyn Dela Cruz
  • Residence:  Wahiawa, Oahu
  • Paternal Grandparents:  Rodrigo and Feliciana Dela Cruz, came to Hawaii from Philippines in 1940
  • Maternal Grandmother:  Carmela “Carmen” Guiterres Bargas, from Kohala, Hawaii


  • Leilehua High School - Class of 1991
  • University of Oregon:  BA in Journalism, BA in Communications Studies, 1995
  • Argosy University:  Masters in Organizational Leadership, 2015
  • University of Hawaii – Manoa: Doctorate of Architecture, Present

Public Experience



Hawaii State Senate

  • Chair, Committee on Ways and Means



  • Member, Transit Oriented Task Force
  • Member, State Land Use Task Force
  • Member, State Capitol Management Task Force
  • Board Member, Hawaii Asia Pacific Association (HAPA) Young Leaders
  • Member, National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO)
  • Member, Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs (BHCC)
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, Clean and Safe Energy Coalition
  • Chair, NHCSL Business & Economic Development Task Force
  • Co-Chair, Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs Annual Conference in Hawaii, 2013




Honolulu City Council (2003-2010)

  • Chair, 2003-2007
  • Chair, Committee on Executive Matters
  • Chair, Committee on Public Safety & Services
  • Chair, Committee on Public Health, Safety & Welfare
  • Vice-Chair, Committee on Executive Matters
  • Vice-Chair, Committee on Affordable Housing & Economic Development
  • Vice-Chair, Committee on Transportation & Planning
  • Vice-Chair, Committee on Public Infrastructure
  • Member, Committee on Planning
  • Member, Committee on Transportation  

Professional Experience


  • Vice President for Communications, DTL Hawaii



  • Director of Marketing, Watermark Publishing
  • Account Supervisor, Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations
  • Account Executive, McNeil Wilson Communications
  • Public Relations Coordinator, Hilton Hawaiian Village
  • Co-Author, The Okazu Guide, The Puka Guide, The Omiyage Guide

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Public Service

  • State Commission on National and Community Service - 2010
  • Governor’s Working Group on the Purchase of Turtle Bay - 2009
  • Board of Directors, National Association of Counties (NACo) – 2003-2009
  • NACo Annual Conference Advisory Committee - 2005
  • Chair, NACo 2005 Annual Conference and Exposition Steering Committee
  • Secretary, Hawaii State Association of Counties - 2003-2004
  • Chair, Wahiawa Neighborhood Board, 2000-2002


Community Service

  • President, Leilehua High School Education Foundation
  • Member, Leilehua Alumni and Community Association
  • Member, Advisory Council, Leeward Community College
  • Member, Leeward Community College Culinary Institute Board
  • Vice-President (2001-2002), Filipino Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Wahiawa Lions Club
  • Member, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish



  • Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO) - 2015
  • National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Gettysburg Leadership Experience - 2015
  • American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) Exchange Program to Australia - 2013
  • American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Educational Seminar in Israel – 2013
  • Young Elected Officials (YEO) 2013 National Convening, Washington, D. C.
  • Council of State Governments (CSG), Western Legislative Academy for Legislators - 2012
  • Emerging Leaders Program, University of Virginia - 2013
  • Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs Leadership Workshop, Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education – 2013


Honors and Awards

  • Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation Inaugural Champion of Agriculture Award - 2013
  • Filipino Community Council of Hawaii Progress Award for Excellence in Government Service, 2007
  • Pacific Century Fellow, 2004
  • Pacific Business News Forty and Under 40 Award, 2001
  • Public Relations Society of America Koa Anvil Award, 2001



  • U. S. Department of Homeland Security – Incident Command System (ICS-402) - 2013
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