Marta Sotomayor, PhD ’73

The first Latina in America to earn a social work doctorate, Marta Sotomayor (PhD ’73) served for many years as President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, the premier national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers. Previously, she held positions with the National Institute of Mental Health, the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and the National Institute of Health, where she was Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary’s Task Force on Minority Health. An international consultant, Sotomayor also held teaching positions at several schools including the California State University School of Social Work, Baylor School of Medicine, Howard University School of Social Work and the University of Maryland Community Development Department. She was named the inaugural GSSW Notable Scholar in 2009.