Diana Cruz-Zapata

A federal crimes prosecutor, Pillar of Citizenship Diana Cruz-Zapata is principled, courageous, and tough. Yet she is most passionate about her role as a volunteer at Camp Discovery, which serves cancer-stricken children ages 7 to 16. A '77 graduate of Holmes High School, she attended Sunset Hills Elementary (now Colby Glass) and Pat Neff Middle School, and earned a degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Besides Dance Team, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (math) at Holmes, she volunteered as a Candy Striper for Methodist Hospital. Hired by Bexar County District Attorney's Office upon earning her law degree in 1986 from UT, she specialized in prosecuting child abuse cases prior to becoming Chief of the Assets and Forfeiture Division at the U.S. Attorney's Office. The section she oversees is charged with taking the profit out of crime by seizing property linked to criminal activity in an office handling a multitude of crimes ranging from anti-terrorism to drug violations from Waco to El Paso to 660 miles of the Mexican border. She encourages students to always be honest and ethical...keys to good citizenship.

Pillar of...: 
citizenship
School: 
Oliver Wendell Holmes High School
Year: 
2010
Class of ...: 
1977