Dr. Angelica Cortez joined the agency as its first Vice President of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. In this new role, she will advance the agency’s racial equity and justice agenda by applying an equity lens to organizational culture, policies, practices, and procedures. She will also represent Uplift Family Services in forums to address systems and structural change in behavioral healthcare, child welfare, and juvenile justice that have led to historical racial disparities and inequities.
Prior to joining Uplift Family Services, Angelica was the Vice President of Racial Justice and Equity at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and led investor relations and strategic initiatives. She brings a wealth of policy and advocacy acumen, having worked in the district office of Assemblymember Rich Gordon from Los Altos, and as a Policy Manager at the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits. Angelica is also a founder of LEAD Filipino, a Fil-Am civic participation and leadership nonprofit.
Angelica received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California in Organizational Change and Leadership and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2021 Woman of Influence, the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Honoree, the 2018 Outreach Champion Award from the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, and Asian American Recovery Services’ Sister-to-Sister Legacy Award.