Fearless, dedicated and courageous. Just a few of the superlatives to describe the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz. We like to think that she simply doesn’t suffer fools lightly, because in 2017 Mayor Cruz proved she doesn’t.
When Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the mayor did what many politicians don’t. Got her hands dirty – both literally and figuratively. Rather than stand on a podium and give speeches she got out into the flooded streets of her city, wading through water to help citizens, assisting in obtaining food and supplies were received by the neediest. But she didn’t stop there. When POTUS and other U.S. officials attempted to spin doctor the success of relief efforts, she stood up to the President like no other before her.