Laura J. Cortez, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Laura has been an Austin resident since 1999, and has experienced firsthand the needs in the community. Given her expertise in public engagement, she founded Cortez Consulting to build a new vision for community outreach and marketing. As an educator, Cortez focuses on bridging relationships among diverse communities, serving as a liaison between clients and stakeholders. Laura graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, earning her Ph.D. in educational administration and a certificate in Mexican American Studies. She holds a master’s in business administration from St. Edward’s University and a bachelor’s degree from Drake University. As a practitioner-scholar, Dr. Cortez remains actively engaged in the higher education community publishing and presenting on her research interest. One of the greatest inspirations for starting Cortez Consulting was Laura’s mom, Ofelia. She works at the firm part-time as the Administrative Associate.