Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez is the executive vice president for Multicultural Markets & Engagement at AARP. She brings to this position a distinguished career in the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors that extends more than 30 years.
At AARP, she ensures that the interests of multicultural audiences age 50-plus are integrated into everything AARP does, with the goal to increase multicultural presence among AARP membership and increase AARP’s presence and involvement in multicultural communities. Prior to AARP, Lorraine was New York's secretary of state, the first Hispanic to serve in that role. She also served as vice president of Government and Public Affairs at Cablevision Systems Corporation, a leading media, entertainment and telecommunications company. Her work in the nonprofit sector has gained her national recognition and numerous awards for over seven years. She served as president of the Hispanic Federation, a nonprofit network of 90 Latino health and human service in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, aiding more than 2 million Latinos annually. Lorraine has extensive experience organizing major community awareness and civic participation educational partnership campaigns. In the early 1990s, she served as executive director of ASPIRA of New York, the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit Latino youth leadership development and education advocacy agency.
In addition to her nonprofit experience, Lorraine served on New York's State Board of Regents and served as chief of staff in the New York Assembly and as New York Bronx County chairman; she oversaw the New York City Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force and its annual Somos El Futuro Conference. She served as commissioner on the New York Redistricting Commission and a member of the New York City Police Department Civilian Complaint Review Board. A graduate of Hunter College, she earned a master's degree from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a Toll Fellow on the national leadership program for elected and appointed officials. She earned certificates from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and from Columbia University's School of Non-Profit Management.