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NEW BEDFORD – The Alma del Mar Board of Trustees is thrilled to welcome Alicia Cortez to its team. Ms. Cortez was nominated to the all-volunteer Board and her seat was approved unanimously on Aug. 28.
“As an active member of the New Bedford community, Alicia will bring distinct value and perspective, strengthening our connection and commitment to our scholars and families,” said Jan Baptist, Chair of Alma’s Board of Trustees.
An advocate for local immigrants, Ms. Cortez has been involved in the New Bedford community for many years. She is an organizer for Movimiento Cosecha, an organization that stands for dignity, respect, and permanent protection for members of the undocumented community. Ms. Cortez is also a part of the New Bedford Immigrant Support Network, an organization that helps provide transportation to undocumented immigrants without a drivers license. Ms. Cortez worked with De Valles Day Care for the last 15 years and has served on the Board of Directors since 2018. Additionally, Ms. Cortez volunteers with local churches, food pantries, and assists with translation. She is involved in Grupo de Mujeres New Bedford, a women’s group that works to empower women.
Alma trustees are volunteers who serve three-year terms. Trustees are entrusted with ensuring the school lives up to its mission, formulates a long-range plan and accountability plan, and complies with all laws. As a member of the Alma del Mar Board of Trustees, Alicia will advocate on behalf of the hundreds of New Bedford children that we have committed to serve and put on a college trajectory.
Other current Alma del Mar Board of Trustees members are: Jan Baptist (Chair), Vanessa Brown, Chris Arnold, Chrisopher Bator, Bronwen Cunningham, Gail Fortes, Lucile Hicks, Martha Kay and Maria Rosario.