Mike Cortés

Dr. Mike Cortés joined the CLLARO Board of Directors in March 2014. He was a member of the Board of Directors of CLLARO’s predecessor, the Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA) from 1996-1998. Mike is a former member of the faculty at the University of Denver where he still teaches courses in Policy Development and Analysis and Social Policy Advocacy. He recently completed a two-year Colorado Latino Age Wave Fellowship during which he studied and assisted organizations addressing injustices against older Latinos. Mike has held faculty and administrative appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, the University of Colorado Denver, and the University of Denver. He was the founding Vice-President for Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the nation’s largest advocacy and community development organization for Latino minorities, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) headquartered in Washington, D.C. He chaired the Board of Directors of the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest. Mike was Director of Planning, Finance, and Administration in the Corporate Community Affairs Department at Levi Strauss & Co. and the Levi Strauss Foundation. He has conducted research, testified before legislators, organized and consulted to nonprofit corporations and voluntary associations, and served on boards of directors, advisory committees, and government commissions in numerous communities and states across the nation. Mike earned the M.P.P. and Ph.D. degrees in public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, and the M.S.W. with a specialty in community practice and social action at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.