New Director Named

Apr 5, 2024

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

Jennifer DeLaCruz will serve as the first director of the Office of Community Violence Intervention. Community violence, which includes homicide and non-fatal shootings, causes substantial harm and trauma to communities, especially in racially segregated and historically disinvested neighborhoods. It continues to be a significant and growing public health problem.

Ms. DeLaCruz:

    • She’s served as the state administrative manager in the Department of Health and Human Service’s (DHHS) Injury and Violence Prevention Section since 2015.
    • Prior to that, she worked for Michigan State University’s School of Social Work and as a DHHS public health consultant.
    • She holds a master’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University.

Office of Community Violence Intervention: 

    • The office was created through the state’s FY2024 budget.
    • It’s designed to partner with community-based organizations working to reduce violent incidents by providing grants and other resources to community violence prevention agencies.
    • DeLaCruz will oversee a staff of four.

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