Pattie Cortese has lived in the Bay Area since 1969. She graduated from Lynbrook High School in San Jose and attended DeAnza College for two years before transferring to San Jose State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She also holds a Master of Divinity in Interfaith Studies from the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose. Professionally, she began her career with Catholic Charities in their Vocational Learning and Treatment Center, working with chronically mentally ill adults to gain skills and employment. In 1990, she joined a high-tech laser and optics start-up, which eventually went public, where she worked in customer service, facilities management, and human resources for nearly ten years.
Pattie has been active in youth mentoring programs since 1994 and is a founding member of the South Bay Mentoring Coalition, a group of nonprofit organizations working together to promote mentoring in Santa Clara County. She’s also been involved in a number of other volunteer community activities including:
•Bright Futures/Conexíon to Community, mentor trainer
•California Community Partners for Youth, volunteer, and advisory board member
•St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, youth and adult spirituality leader
•Restorative Justice Council for the Diocese of San Jose, board member
•Pax Christi East San Jose, member
•Juvenile Hall Flower Program, volunteer coordinator
•Carry The Vision Community Nonviolence Conference, past event manager
and youth program coordinator
•Santa Clara County Restorative Justice Program, volunteer area coordinator
•Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County, troop leader
She is married to Supervisor Dave Cortese and has two children, ages 23 and 27, and two adult stepchildren.