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Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Ph.D. is the national and international founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas. She has served as the organization’s President and CEO since it’s founding. She has built the organization to over 15,000 women in more in 100 cities and 28 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and internationally. Las Comadres Para Las Americas is a 501(c)3 organization under the fiscal agency of the Austin Community Foundation of Central Texas.

In 1989 she formed a business development consultancy known as Comstock Connections which she continues to the present day.

Nora Comstock received her Ph.D. (1982) from the University of Texas at Austin in Educational Administration with an emphasis on community college management and a B.A. in History (1974) with a specialty in Latin America.

She was selected one of twenty Latinas in the U.S. to be a 2000 fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. Dr. Comstock also was selected as one of fifteen Hispanic leaders to participate in the 22nd Seminario Fundacion Solidaridad, Mexico City and Michoacan in October 2003.

She received an award in recognition of lifetime commitment and achievements in serving the Hispanic Community from the Hispanic Professional Women’s Association at the 4th Annual National Convention and Exhibition of Mexicans Abroad in Los Angeles in July 2006. In 2007 Nora was selected as one of the 25 top Hispanic Influencers in Austin, Texas. She is the recipient of a Maybelline 2008 Beauty of Education Award in New York City for her dedication to serving the community. She was honored as one of the 25 Mujeres del Año 2011 by Sucesos: El Periódico de la Comunidad Hispana in Houston, TX. She also has served on numerous local and national boards.

In 2011 Las Comadres Para Las Americas was named a Community Leadership Award honoree by the University of Texas at Austin for commitment and dedication to promoting social justice, increasing opportunities for inclusion, and/or improving access to education.

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Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Ph.D.

Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Ph.D.

Founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas

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