Driving positive change with culturally inclusive practices that build strong relationships within the community.

Our focus is on Public Engagement.  We design new ways to effectively engage the public, particularly those individuals who are traditionally left out of public discourse.



We value the importance of effective communication
We understand the purpose of meaningful engagement
We employ culturally inclusive practices
We utilize education to empower others
We establish positive relationships and partnerships


Meet The Team


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.




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Liliana Ordonez

Director of Community Relations

As the Director of Community Relations for Cortez Consulting, Liliana Ordonez oversees external communications in addition to managing the community relations. She is responsible for increasing awareness for Cortez Consulting implementing communication management and developing communications plans to serve our mission. Prior to this position, Liliana spent five years at Central Health, where she managed Eastern Travis County communications, community engagement and outreach efforts. Over the years, Liliana built trusted relationships with the community and stakeholders. She earned her bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, in business administration from Concordia University Texas.

Julia Molina-Zarate

Community Outreach Specialist

Julia serves as our Community Outreach Specialist, where she works closely with our community partners to strengthen relationships and also support our clients with organizing community events. Julia was born and raised in San Diego, Texas and moved to Austin with the intention of creating change within her community. Prior to joining our firm, Julia served as a Parole Officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and worked with Travis County counseling and Education Services to provide rehabilitation services to people referred by criminal justice affiliates. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and has a passion for serving others.

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Marissa Anzilotti

Digital Marketing Intern