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Maria Cortez

Maria Cortez is the Central Valley Regional Director for Able Works, a non-profit fighting for economic justice in Northern California. She has over 18 years of experience working with non-profit and leadership development organizations and has dedicated her career to serving youth and underserved communities. Maria has successfully managed and led diverse teams and proven her ability to connect with stakeholders, youth, and teammates of various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Maria immigrated from Mexico at a young age and has deep roots in Stanislaus County, where she resides with her spouse and their two fur babies.

Why did you choose to be a LSC Community Advisory Committee member?

I align with and believe in the LSC mission for our communities, and we can more effectively accomplish this collaboratively.

What do you love most about LSC?

LSC inspires hope for our communities.

What do you love most about living in Stanislaus County?

I love the people, the family feel, and how connected the people and organizations are.

In what ways do you participate in the community?

I’m a board member for City Ministry Network and the newly formed Community Development Corporation, Stanislaus Equity Partners (STEP). Additionally, I love serving and being a part of the Leadership team to help shape and execute the Latino Leadership Initiative in Stanislaus County.