Chris Cortez

Chris Cortez

Board of Directors - Vice-Chair

In July 2014, Chris became Vice President of Military Affairs, a new position focused on providing IT career opportunities to transitioning U.S. military members and veterans.  In this role he oversees the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy designed to prepare transitioning military personnel for jobs in the IT industry, works closely with Microsoft’s military recruiting team, and is an advocate for Microsoft employees who have served in the military.

He continues to work with Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector supporting efforts in Federal Government Agencies including the Department of Defense as well as other Cabinet Level Departments such as Department of Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, and Department of State.  Additionally, he works with Worldwide Public Sector national security teams internationally.  When he joined Microsoft in 2006 he was Microsoft’s lead strategist and spokesperson for the Worldwide Public Sector’s Government industry, leading a global team which addressed eGovernment/Public Services, National Security, Public Safety, Postal Services, Taxation and Tourism.

Before joining Microsoft in September 2006, Chris had served over 33 years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a Major General.  In his final assignment as commander of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Chris directed the recruitment of nearly 40,000 new Marines per year.  Prior to that, as Director of Operations for the United Pacific States Command, he oversaw operations for 300,000 U.S. military personnel in an area encompassing over half the globe.

Chris is a graduate of Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree in Business Management.  His undergraduate efforts included studies at the University of Madrid in Spain.  


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