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Michael Cortes, Ph.D.

Michael Cortes Instructor

Contact information

Education 6
1586 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1586

Areas of Interest

Elderly Latinos in the U.S.: changing characteristics and implications for public policy. Building capacity for policy analysis and advocacy in public charities. Improving policy analysis curricula in schools of social work.

Degree Information

University of California, Berkeley 1992 Ph.D., Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley 1984 M.P.P., Public Policy
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1971 M.S.W., Community Practice
University of California, Berkeley 1968 B.A., Psychology

Professional Experience

Mike Cortés is Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, where he teaches courses in Policy Analysis and Development, and Social Policy Advocacy. He 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.

In the 1970s, Mike was founding Vice-President for Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the National Council of la Raza in Washington, D.C. The public policy program he led continues to grow in influence in Washington, state capitals, and Latino communities across the nation.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mike left Washington to return to California to serve as Director of Planning, Finance, and Administration in the Corporate Community Affairs Department at Levi Strauss & Co. and the Levi Strauss Foundation.

Mike’s commitment to community social work has led to a variety of public and community service activities. He is a member of the AARP National Policy Council in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO) in Denver. Previously, he chaired the board of directors of the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest in Washington, D.C. He continues conducting research, testifying before legislators, consulting to foundations, and helping to strengthen nonprofit corporations and voluntary associations. Mike has served on boards of directors, advisory committees, and government commissions in numerous communities and states across the nation.

Cortes CV

Behind the CV – A Personal Account