Dr. Angelica Cortez is a second generation, Bay Area born and raised Filipina American. She is the first Vice President of Racial Justice and Equity for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. In this new role, she will drive external programmatic work which includes legislative advocacy, community and corporate partnerships, and major diversity initiatives. As the RJE team lead, she will convene the internal committee, subcommittees, and working groups that address corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Dr. Cortez’s professional background blends public policy, nonprofit management, and fund development within the fields of human services and public safety. Prior to joining the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, she worked for California State Assemblymember Rich Gordon and advocacy organizations in both Los Angeles and San Jose. In 2015, she founded LEAD Filipino, a nonprofit that has been recognized by state and national leaders for growing regional civic engagement and civil rights efforts. Under her leadership, the organization continues to employ part-time staff and serve hundreds of members each year.
Dr. Cortez frequently writes and guest speaks on issues of Queer identity, race and ethnicity, and Asian Pacific Islander American leadership. Past speaking engagements include key noting the Pilipino Commencement at San Jose State University, Asian American Recovery Services’ Annual Sister-to-Sister Conference, and the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Civic Leadership Summit. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies and as an Advisor for the City of San Jose’s Reimagining Public Safety efforts.
She has been recognized for her work with Asian Pacific Islander communities, including awards from the Silicon Valley Business Journal and NBC Bay Area.
Dr. Cortez holds a BA from San Jose State University, MPA from the University of San Francisco, and EdD from the University of Southern California.
She enjoys painting, reading, concerts, and traveling.
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