Mike Cortés is Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, where he teaches courses in Policy Development and Analysis, 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 became 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 was appointed this year by the AARP board of directors to the AARP National Policy Council in Washington, D.C. Previously, he chaired the board of directors of the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, also 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.
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.
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do."
Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization
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).