Carmen Delgado Votaw
Carmen Delgado Votaw is a national and international leader in the field of civil rights, particularly promoting equal opportunities for Hispanics and women.
She retired as Senior Vice President for Public Policy from the Alliance for Children and Families, a nonprofit organization that serves over 400 agencies that provide services to children and families, at the end of 2006. Her previous job was Director of Public Policy for United Way of America where she served in the Community Impact Service Area linking public policy advocacy to community outcomes. Formerly, she was the Director of Government Relations for the 3.5 million member Girl Scouts of the USA and also served as a member of the National Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts for nine years.
Carmen served as chief of staff to U.S. Member of Congress, Jaime B. Fuster of Puerto Rico for six years. Her other previous positions, both volunteer and staff, include serving as Vice President of Information and Services for Latin America (ISLA, Inc.); President of the Inter American Commission of Women of the Organization of American States; Co-Chair of the National Advisory Committee of Women (presidential appointment); Commissioner on the International Women’s Year Commission (IWY); Federal Programs Specialist, Office of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C.; National President, National Conference of Puerto Rican Women; former Chair of the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education; former Chair of the Human Services Forum of the National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations; former member of the Independent Sector Government Relations Committee. She also served as a Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commission from the State of Maryland. She is a member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Affairs and is a Lay Eucharistic Minister at Washington National Cathedral.
Ms. Votaw is the author of a bilingual book (English and Spanish), Puerto Rican Women: Some Biographical Profiles, of biographies of Julia de Burgos and Maria Cadilla de Martinez in Notable American Women (1980), and of a chapter in To Ourselves be True. She has written a number of articles in publications such as Americas, Vision, Horizontes, Agenda Magazine, Nuestro and Graduate Woman.
Ms. Votaw has visited nearly seventy countries to speak on human and civil rights and on development and women’s issues and has participated in countless international fora of governmental and non-governmental organizations including five United Nations World Conferences on Women (Mexico, Denmark, Kenya, Beijing, New York).
She has been honored by a number of organizations, including receiving the Hispanic Heritage Award for Education in 1996, a Civil Rights Award from the National Space Agency (NASA), the U.S. Marshals Service, the Instituto de Puerto Rico of New York, the National Institute for Women of Color, Hispanic USA Magazine, Federally Employed Women (FEW), the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, MANA’s Las Primeras Award, the National Cuban American Women’s Association award and the 1991 National Council of Hispanic Women’s Outstanding Achievement Award. She was inducted in Maryland’s Women’s Hall of Fame.
Ms. Votaw has a bachelor of arts degree in international studies from The American University, an honorary doctorate in the humanities from Hood College and an associate degree from the University of Puerto Rico. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and has three children and six grandchildren.
Carmen has served on the Maryland Women's Heritage Center Board of Directors since its inception.
Carmen Delgado Votaw is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, the International Who’s Who, Who’s Who in Latin America and in Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975.