The Mexican Patriotic Committee of Metro Detroit (MPC) has announced it has named Alma Cruz as its new president to start the organization’s 93rd Year in Southwest Detroit. The MPC’s former President, Raymond Lozano, has decided to step down after many years as the organization’s leader. The MPC Executive Committee recently named Alma Cruz as the new President. She is a longtime resident of Southwest Detroit and MPC member since 2019 chairing the membership committee and assisting on various events including the Cinco de Mayo Parade and El Grito de Independencia Celebration.
Cruz previously worked at the Southwest Detroit Business Association helping local contractors build their capacity and is currently employed with Barton Malow Builders, a Michigan-based construction company doing similar work in the industry. She is passionate about bringing underrepresented companies to the table with large construction entities to build up Detroit through inclusive redevelopment practices.
Her volunteer work – in addition to the Mexican Patriotic Committee events – includes Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Inc. where she is the elected President of her professional/graduate chapter. The sorority’s mission is to deliver health resources and awareness to their communities as well as promote academic opportunities. The organization holds fundraisers in support of core charitable causes including Breast Cancer, Diabetes, AIDS Awareness, and Mental Health.
Her mission within the Mexican Patriotic Committee is to uphold the traditions of migrant families in Southwest Detroit and surrounding counties. Cruz says she hopes to create safe spaces for families and stimulate creativity and commerce in the community. In addition, she hopes to contribute to the long-standing success of the MPC events including the Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade and Fiesta that is a weekend long celebration this year starting Friday, May 5, 2023 and ending with the Parade on Sunday, May 7, 2023.
The Committee is seeking float/procession participants for this year’s parade. Applications are available at www.mpcdetroit.org or contact the Committee to schedule an appointment at 313-518-4354 or the parade Chairman, Juan Carrion at 313-633-7319.