Angelica Cortez is the first Vice President of Racial Justice and Equity for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. In this new role, she will lead the organization’s regional initiatives and policy advocacy on issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She previously served on our Investor Relations team for five years.
Her professional background blends public policy, nonprofit management, and fund development within the fields of human services and community health. Prior to joining the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, she worked for former California State Assemblymember Rich Gordon and advocacy organizations in both Los Angeles and San Jose, including the California Immigrant Policy Center.
In 2015, Angelica founded LEAD Filipino, a nonprofit that has since been recognized by State Treasurer Fiona Ma, State Assemblymember Rob Bonta, and former State Senator Bob Wieckowski for leading Census, Voter Education, and Community Health efforts with the region’s growing Fil Am population. Under her leadership, the organization continues to employ part-time staff and most recently redistributed thousands of dollars in financial assistance to low-income community members adversely impacted by COVID-19.
Angelica has been recognized by NBC Bay Area, Asian American Recovery Services, the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and the Commission on the Status of Women for her work within local Asian Pacific Islander communities. She holds a BA from San Jose State, MPA from the University of San Francisco, and EdD from the University of Southern California.