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Alberto Cortes

Executive Director, Mama’s Kitchen

Alberto Cortes has more than 25 years of management experience in HIV and AIDS services with nonprofits. Since 2002, he’s served as executive director of Mama’s Kitchen, which prepares and delivers nutritious meals for San Diegans struggling with AIDS or cancer who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. It celebrated 25 years in 2015. Cortes served on the board of directors of The Association of Nutrition Services Agencies, a Washington, D.C.-based national membership organization, and he is a member of the LGBT Community Leadership Council.

ALMA MATER: San Diego State University

MILITARY SERVICE: Veteran of the United States Navy submarine force.