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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Michael E. Cortés

Clinical Assistant Professor
PhD, University of California, Berkeley


  • uses of research and analysis by public policy advocacy organizations
  • diversity and inclusion of minorities by grant-making foundations


Clinical Assistant Professor Michael Cortés has held several leadership roles in legislative lobbying and advocacy initiatives for nonprofits, eventually becoming vice president for research, advocacy and legislation at the National Council of La Raza in Washington, D.C., and director of planning, finance and administration at the Levi Strauss Foundation in San Francisco.

Cortés is the author of numerous scholarly publications, and his academic career includes positions in public policy analysis and advocacy, nonprofit administration and urban planning at the University of San Francisco, University of Colorado, University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, Los Angeles.

Since 2007, he has been an adjunct faculty member at GSSW.

Cortés is proprietor of Michael Cortés & Associates, where he helps advocacy organizations use public policy research and analysis more effectively. His board service has included The Center for Community Change, Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council, the Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, the Independent Sector research committee, and editorial boards of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

See Web page and CV.