Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, MPA
NYC Department for the Aging
Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez has over three decades of experience in four business sectors: corporate, non-profit, government, and politics. She has excelled in each, although non-profit is where her commitment lives, and politics is where she thrives.
Currently, Ms. Cortés-Vázquez is Commissioner of the NYC Department for the Aging. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the City University of New York, the largest urban public university system in the world. Previously, she was Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets and Engagement at AARP and President and CEO of the Hispanic Federation, a network for Latino organization throughout the East Coast. Commissioner Cortés-Vázquez also served as the 65th New York State Secretary of State.
She obtained her undergraduate degree from Hunter College and earned a master’s degree from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Ms. Cortés-Vázquez is a Toll Fellow and has earned certificates from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Columbia University’s School of Non-Profit Management. She is dedicated to her family, particularly her nieces, nephews, and grandsons.