Prior to joining the State of Illinois, Mrs. Cruzat was the Executive Director of High Jump, an organization devoted to providing enriched academic opportunities for talented, low-income middle school students in Chicago. As Executive Director, Mrs. Cruzat oversaw High Jump's administration, policy development, and fiscal management, while forging strategic partnerships with civic and business communities in Chicago. Before joining High Jump, Ms. Green gained a wealth of education-related experience with the Chicago Public Schools. Mrs. Cruzat also served in the United States Navy for six years, serving as a Pharmacy Technician Supervisor and Hospital Corpsman, and was repeatedly recognized for her service and leadership.Â She received numerous awards including the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal as well as received several letters of recognition for outstanding service.Â In 2009 she was appointed by the Governor Pat Quinn to serve as Commissioner of the Illinois Reform Commission, an independent advisory group of commissioners whose role was to examine Illinois government practices and ethics, and making recommendations for cleaning up state government.Â She was a member of the Illinois Main Street Council where helped to assist communities with downtown revitalization and economic growth and stability in the State of Illinois. Mrs. Cruzat holds a BA in Political Science from Brooklyn College, MA in Education Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Tasha Green Cruzat is married and currently lives in Chicagoâ€™s Bronzeville neighborhood.Â In her spare time enjoys mentoring children, playing golf and tennis and spending time with her family.