Michael Cortes

  • Biographical Description

    • Mike Cortés is Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Denver, where he teaches courses in Social Policy Advocacy, and Policy Development and Analysis. He also holds a Colorado Latino Age Wave Fellowship to study and assist organizations addressing injustices against older Latinos. Previously, Mike 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--headquartered in Washington, D.C. He chaired the board of directors of the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, also in Washington. 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.


  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Organizations of Interest

  • Selected Publications

    • Nonprofits and Information Technology: Emerging Research for Usable Knowledge, edited with Kevin M. Rafter (Chicago: Lyceum, 2007).

      Nonprofits and Information Technology: Emerging Research for Usable Knowledge, edited with Kevin M. Rafter (Chicago: Lyceum, 2007). 

    • Nonprofits and Information Technology: Emerging Research for Usable Knowledge, edited with Kevin M. Rafter (Chicago: Lyceum). 

    • “Questions About Hispanics and Fundraising,” New Directions in Philanthropic Fundraising, no. 37 (Fall, 2003): 45-54.

    • “Fostering Philanthropy and Service in U.S. Latino Communities,” in Philanthropy in Communities of Color: Traditions and Challenges, ed. Pier C. Rogers (Indianapolis: Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, 2001), pp. 11-24.

    • “Do Hispanic Nonprofits Foster Hispanic Philanthropy?,” New Directions in Philanthropic Fundraising, no. 24 (Summer, 1999): 31-40.

    • "Latino Nonprofit Organizations: A Statistical Profile,” in Nuevos Senderos: Reflections on Hispanics and Philanthropy, ed. Diana Campoamor, William A. Díaz and Henry A.J. Ramos (Houston: University of Houston/Arte Público, 1999), pp. 17-77.

    • "Counting Latino Nonprofits: A New Strategy for Finding Data," Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 27 (December, 1998): 437-458.

    • "Public Policy Partnerships between Universities and Communities," National Civic Review 87 (Summer, 1998): 163-168.

    • "Three Strategic Questions About Latino Philanthropy," New Directions in Philanthropic Fundraising, no. 8 (Summer, 1995): 23-40.

    • "Philanthropy and Latinos: A Research Agenda," in Hispanics and the Independent Sector, ed. Herman Gallegos and Michael O’Neill  (New York: Foundation Center, 1991), pp.139-159.

    • Handicapped Migrant Farm Workers: Characteristics of Disabled Migratory and Seasonal Agricultural Workers and their Families, Impact of the State/Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Program, and Strategies for Expanding Services, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Rehabilitation Services Administration, publication no. DHEW (OHD) 75-25084 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office,1974).

  • Current Research Interests

      • Organizational design for policy analysis and advocacy.
      • Strengthening policy advocacy by nonprofits for social justice.
      • Policy advocacy strategies for aging Latino populations.
      • Public obligations of private foundations: value conflicts and political consequences.
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