For Immediate Release: Angelica Cortez named first Vice President of Racial Justice & Equity for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

For Immediate Release: January 5, 2021
Contact: Board of Directors, board@leadfilipino.org 

Press Release: Angelica Cortez named first Vice President of Racial Justice & Equity for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
 
San Jose, CA – University of Southern California’s Doctor of Education, Angelica Cortez, Founder of LEAD Filipino, has been named as the first Vice President of Racial Justice and Equity for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
 
Founded 44 years ago, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group represents nearly 350 technology companies on issues of economic competitiveness. An influential public policy association, the Leadership Group has led critical public infrastructure campaigns that continue to shape the landscape of the broader Silicon Valley and beyond.   
 
Dr. Cortez will serve as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s first Vice President of Racial Justice and Equity. Recognizing the important role that Silicon Valley holds in catalyzing change, Dr. Cortez will lead the organization’s strategy around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. One of her first tasks will be to structure the organization’s Racial Justice and Equity policy committee, a coalition of over 100 companies, to take action on Board Diversity, Racial Equity, and Justice Reform.
 
LEAD Filipino’s Board of Directors stated, “We are excited that our Founder and Executive Director continues to be recognized for her civic engagement and community involvement, not just for the Fil Am community but for the entire community of Santa Clara County, the region, and country.”
 
Dr. Cortez transitions to lead the Racial Justice and Equity portfolio after serving five years on the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Investor Relations Team. She holds deep experience in legislative advocacy, nonprofit development, and community organizing, having worked on campaigns around Affirmative Action, Ethnic Studies, and Immigrant Rights. She founded LEAD Filipino in 2015 to increase the representation of Fil Ams in civic leadership. With her direction, LEAD Filipino provides a robust slate of programs, leads high impact partnerships, and serves hundreds of regional and national community members each year.
 
To read more about LEAD Filipino, please visit LEADFilipino.org.
 
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