Meet MC/MPA Mason Fellow Eduardo Cruz

August 1, 2013

Every year the Mid-Career/MPA Mason Fellows are the first to arrive on campus for a two-week summer seminar program. This year, several of them have volunteered to introduce themselves through the Harvard Kennedy School School (HKS) admissions blog with a self-authored post.

Below is a selected portion of the blog recently written by Eduardo Cruz:

I am a co-founder, President and CEO of the largest health insurance company in the Dominican Republic with more than one million members and life and health insurance operations in Panama and El Salvador.

In growing our business, I helped shape public policy for the healthcare system to benefit the people. As the President of the Latin American Association of Private Health Insurers (ALAMI), I have cooperated with governments to promote public-private partnerships in the implementation of social security reform in the Dominican Republic and other Latin American Countries.

My question was, “what’s next?” I did not want the future to be a replication of my past successes. I wanted to do more and prepare myself for the next 20 years of my career in which I played a larger role in public policy issues. That is I why I came to the Kennedy School.

So far I have learned three things that have reinforced my decision to invest this year at HKS:

  1. A Master in Public Administration is management for the public good. While an MBA teaches how to maximize business profit, an MPA teaches how to maximize public well-being.
  2. If you care, you should get involved. This lesson I learned from a fellow classmate when he challenged me with the questions, “When you see a poor kid wandering in the streets, are you content?” To which I answered NO. “Are you satisfied that your children might have to live in another country because of the deterioration of yours?” Again I answered NO. “Then you should DO something,” he said.
  3. HKS is not a school for “caring,” it is a school for “doing.” If you care, that is great! Congratulations! That is the first step, but do not come to HKS unless you are willing to DO. Caring makes us feel better, but doing is what actually helps others and advances the public good.

As a professor told us, "Some of you are here because people tell you that you can be president, senator, secretary of state, etc. Please forget what you want to be and focus on what you want to DO.”

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Eduardo Cruz

Eduardo Cruz, Mason Fellow

"While an MBA teaches how to maximize business profit, an MPA teaches how to maximize public well-being," said Cruz.