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About Us


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

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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Cristal Lopez

Community Outreach Coordinator

Cristal is originally from San Antonio, Texas but considers Austin her home away from home. She serves as our Community Outreach Coordinator where she assists  with organizing, engaging, and serving the community. She has spent the last ten years working in higher education helping bridge the gap with college access and attainment through her work with TRIO Programs, Student Access, and Student Success. She is passionate about getting involved with the community through public engagement and helping to empower communities in Austin. She graduated from Saint Louis University-Madrid with a Master of Arts in Spanish and a bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University.


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