Carmen Delgado Votaw

Past Director


Carmen Delgado Votaw was elected Board Member of the Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues, served previously on the Board from 2000 to 2002. 

Her long career and service to women’s issues includes being the Co-Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Women (1977-79); Member of the US International Women’s Year Commission (1975-77; President of the Inter American Commission of Women of the Organization of American States (1978-80) and as US Delegate to the InterAmerican Commission of Women and member of its Executive Committee (1977-81).

She was Chief of Staff for a Member of Congress (1985-91), served the Office of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico from 1972-76; and served as Director of Public Policy for nonprofits such as the Alliance for Children and Families (1999-2006), United Way of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA.  She is also former National President and serves on the National Board of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women and its DC Metro Chapter.

Ms. Votaw is a Board member of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, was inducted in the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame; and has been honored by the Montgomery County Commission of Women, Maryland Life Magazine as a Legendary Lady, and her papers are collected at the Schlesinger Library, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, NY and Hood College in Maryland.

She has a B.A. in International Studies from The American University, studied at the University of Puerto Rico and has an Honorary Doctorate in the Humanities from Hood College.