HU Employee Spotlight: Audrey Cortes

At Humanity United, we are proud to work with a talented and dedicated team that brings curiosity, empathy and creativity to our commitment to create a world with greater peace and dignity.

Each month, we will highlight one of our team members and invite you to meet the individuals that make so much of our work possible.


Name & position?
Audrey Cortes, Executive Associate

Have you had any unusual pets?
Not necessarily unusual but I had pet rabbits growing up, in addition to our family dog. I also had a pet turtle for a time until it somehow managed to escape.

What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
Zelda: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler. It’s fiction, but captures Zelda so well and was just really fun to read. I also enjoyed reading Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, a memoir by Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest who works to give job training to former gang members in Los Angeles and connects them to services such as tattoo removal. The stories are incredible.

What do you do for fun?
Baseball games during the summer are at the top of my list. Also, traveling to Los Angeles to see my family. I love gardening and have a community garden plot, so many of my weekends are spent tending to it.

What was your first job?
During high school, I worked as a gift wrapper in the mall at Christmas time, where I learned how to gift wrap like a pro.

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
I went on a road trip though Costa Rica with my sister and two friends where we zip-lined over the rain forest. I also had the great privilege of getting to ice skate on top of the Eiffel Tower while my boss was taking a video to send to our colleagues back home. Considering I don’t ice skate often, I was terrified of looking foolish but luckily, there are no videos of me falling up there… that I know of.

Favorite travel location?
So many wonderful places to choose from, but my favorite place is Lake Tahoe in the summer. Nothing beats a simple beach day by the lake.

Favorite food indulgence?
Ballpark food – I have a major weakness for nachos and hot dogs… and churros, of course!

What is something about you that may surprise others?
I’m the oldest of 4 kids. I have 3 younger siblings – 2 brothers and a sister.

What inspires you?
Watching people get engaged in their community for the first time and seeing them realize that they actually have a voice. Working in politics definitely taught me the power we all have to enact change at every level.