Cruz Phillips spent 15 years as a community organizer in the farm worker movement. She was the National Director of the successful Campbell Soup Boycott for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, Development Director for the National Farm Worker Ministry, and Community Organizing Director for the United Farm Workers of America.
Cruz has been a field coordinator for several political campaigns including Hilda Solis for Congress and Alan Cranston for Senate. She has been an organizer trainer for both unions and community organizations including the United Domestic Workers, SEIU, Neighbor to Neighbor, and PUEBLO of Santa Barbara. She has worked with Dolores since the formation of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Cruz currently is working as a horse trainer and an organizing consultant for community organizations and campaigns. She is on the boards of four non-profits, PUEBLO in Santa Barbara, the Dolores Huerta Foundation and two riding organizations.