Mr. Cross joined YouthBuild USA in 1996, later assisting in the launch of YouthBuild International and has since become its President.
YouthBuild International (YBI), an operating division of YouthBuild USA, Inc, supports the adaptation and execution of the YouthBuild model in Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Panama, the Bahamas, Haiti, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Iraq, Israel, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Mr. Cross has worked in the field of youth and community development, as a line youth worker in community based organizations, city wide youth development efforts, national and international initiatives. He was the Country Coordinator of the Civil Society Development program, creating two national support organizations, providing a range of training and technical assistance to the emerging non profit sectors in Poland and Hungary. The lead organizer of efforts to found YouthBuild Boston, the first YouthBuild program to replicate outside of East Harlem, New York, he has also worked as a foundation program officer focused on refugee and immigrant development efforts. He holds a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University.