Meet the SDCOL Team

Jose Cruz
Chief Executive Officer

Jose Cruz is the chief executive officer for the San Diego Council on Literacy, a model urban literacy coalition. He has 33 years of experience in the literacy field and is known in the national literacy network for his leadership in organizing collaborative efforts for literacy. He is the recipient of the 2003 San Diego Union-Tribune, “Educator of the Year” award, and has served as president of the National Alliance of Urban Literacy Coalitions and the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. In 2014, Jose received The San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Civic Leader of the Year.”  He currently serves on the board of directors of ProLiteracy, the largest literacy organization in the world.  He also serves on the board of directors of the Downtown San Diego Lions Club and the Boys and Girls Foundation. He is enjoying his new role as the host of the  “Literacy for All” radio show. Jose is a native San Diegan, a graduate of the University of Southern California, and the proud product of the San Diego Community College District.

To contact Jose:

619-574-1641 ext. 103


Wendy Sacks

Wendy has been with the San Diego Council on Literacy since 2012.  She has more than 20 years of accounting and business management and reporting experience and operates an accounting practice for small businesses and non-profit organizations.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional.  Wendy was born and raised in South Africa and enjoys the outdoors, San Diego’s arts and culture, and is a passionate Eat.Drink.Reader.

To contact Wendy:

619-574-1641 ext. 101