Rev. Luis Cortés Jr. was featured in The 2021 Philly Power 100 –
As a child in New York’s Spanish Harlem, the Rev. Luis Cortés, Jr. grew up with a stable family environment within a strong Latino faith community. It was that foundation that led him to create Esperanza, America’s premiere Hispanic faith-based evangelical network. Focused on building an Opportunity Community in Philadelphia’s Hunting Park neighborhood, Esperanza’s footprint includes the Esperanza Academy Charter Schools (5-12), the Esperanza Cyber Charter School (K-12), and Esperanza College. There is also a focus on homebuilding, mortgage counseling and employment training programs. Cortes currently serves as a board member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson Abington Hospital, and is a member of the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia.