MELANY DE LA CRUZ-VIESCA, is the Assistant Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (AASC) and the Managing Editor of AAPI Nexus, a nationwide journal focusing on Asian American & Pacific Islanders policy, practice, and community issues. She also serves as the Director of the AAPI Community Development Census Information Center, a joint partnership between UCLA AASC, the National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD) and the U.S. Census Bureau. She is the lead author of "The Color of Wealth in Los Angeles," which is the first report examining wealth inequity by race and ethnicity in the Los Angeles area (Download report at: http://www.aasc.ucla.edu/besol/).
Her research focuses on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander demographics and policy, in relation to asset-building, housing, community and economic development, and education. She has sixteen years of experience in providing training and technical support on using census data, developing articles, fact sheets and reports on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander subpopulation groups, and advocacy to meet the specific needs of community-based organizations.
She is a member of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development's Experts of Color Network. She was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2008 and recently re-appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the City's Human Relations Commission. She holds a master's degree in urban planning from UCLA and a bachelor's degree in ethnic studies and urban studies and planning from UC San Diego.