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Dedicated Papa & Human Rights Activist


Ricky Cortez.


Ricky Cortez’s Professional &

Community Volunteerism Background



Ricky Cortez, Executive Director of Poconos VRO and area alliance representative for Rent Responsibly, has been a passionate advocate for sensible regulations in short-term rentals. With a proven track record of building collaborative relationships between local government, residents, and vacation rental owners, Ricky's expertise has helped shape policies that balance community needs with the growing demand for short-term rentals. As a local owner and vacationer himself, he understands the importance of preserving the character of the community while promoting responsible tourism. His dedication to finding innovative solutions has earned him recognition as a thought leader in the industry. Ricky is committed to ensuring that the Poconos region remains a desirable destination for both residents and visitors alike.

 “I was so extremely lucky to have intelligent and enthusiastic people like you helping shape its development (STR ordinance). Your personal input really helped shape what the draft looks like today, and I can’t thank you enough for your amazing contributions to this township.” - Former Tobyhanna Township Community Engagement Coordinator


    • Camelot Forest Conservation Association 

      • Board Member: Recreation Director 

    • 670 President Coop

      • Board Member of Coop, Brooklyn

    • LGBT Families

      • Founding Board Member.  Creating safe spaces for non-traditional family planning

    • Tuscan PTA

      • Board Corresponding Secretary. Website, Newsletter, and Community Communication liaison for Parents, Staff, and Students

    • Poconos Sewing Volunteers 

      • Immediate grassroots response to COVID-19 - organized local teams, and distributed 1,500 masks to essential workers and local organizations like the Pocono Hunger Pantries and Clymer Library & Fire Dept.

    • Poconos Vacation Homes 

      • A Community Reporting and Communication tool to bridge the gap between Residents, Owners who flexibly rent, and our Visitors

    • Rent Responsibly

      • Area alliance representative with PVH for the Pocono Region

    • LNVHHA

      • Executive Member. The Lake Naomi Vacation Home Host Alliance community exists to support and promote effective management of vacation rental activities within the Lake Naomi community

    • ALROA

      • Executive Member.  The goal is to ensure ongoing, positive contributions from owners who flexibly rent and overall activities in the ALCA community

    • AirBnB Ambassador & Expedia/Vrbo Alliance member

      • Dedicated to proper training, regulations, and balance locally and nationally for travelers

    • LNC Diversity Task Force - Diversity Statement

      • Communications Liaison

      • * Diversity Discussion: ADOPTION lead by Ricky Cortez

    • ALCA

      • Budget Committee​

        • Member

      • Restatement Process​

        • Involved in providing feedback for the Committee from the perspective of owners to vacation with their family and also rent.​

      • Technology Ad Hoc​ Team




2023 - PRESENT

Poconos VRO

Executive Director

Advocacy Innovator. Area alliance representative for Rent Responsibly. Various committees and boards.

Volunteer Work 2018 - 2019 

Tuscan School PTA 

Board Member - Corresponding Secretary

Of Note: Redesign of website, Newsletter and online Fundraisers & School sales

Digital & Social Media Team created

Volunteer Work 2012 - 2014

670 President Co-Op

Board Member

Managed 20 unit Coop. Involved in operations, budget allocations, Annual Budget Approval applications,  implemented owner to rental %

Volunteer Work 2009 - 2014 

LGBT Families

Founder / Board Member

Of Note: Designed safe space and resources for Adoption, Surrogacy, Foster Care

& Family Planning 

2006 - 2008


Director of Technology

Administer over 250 Mac/PC servers, printers and mobile home client computers with VPN. OS X  Server Administration, SuccessMaker, PowerSchool, developed newly created positions, implement CSL Program (Computers as a 2nd Language). 

1997 - 2003


Actors Equity Association (AEA)

Screen Actors Guild  (SAG)

Director, Choreographer, Actor, Singer and Dancer.  Over forty professional productions,  Two Broadway National Tours; West Side Story & Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

2017 - PRESENT

Mt. Maplewood Lodge


Lodge, Chalet & Lake House.

2003 - 2018



Web designer, graphic designer, network technician, server administrator, multi-media a/v technician, onsite IT tech & instructor.

2010 - 2014


International Human Rights Organization


System Administrator for over 10 servers, SAN, NAS , VPN, Backup & remote access. Managed budget, vendor relations & interns.Help Desk for over 30 clients.

2008 - 2010


Director of Professional Services

Select Clients: J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy, Wonderworks Construction, Weinstein Company, Anomaly, Peoples Revolution, Access IT, Scherman Foundation, Tourism Ireland, Argo, whY-Q. Managed all aspects of corporate relations, including: hardware and software sales and upgrades, system repairs, and all IT services

2004 - 2006


Onsite Services Manager

Select Clients: NBC, CBS, BBC, InDemand, McGraw-Hill, Bear Stearns, Barnes and Noble, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Revlon, Con Edison, New School University, Fordham University, West Point StevensManaged all aspects of corporate relations, including: system repairs, technical support, software and hardware sales.  Managed the development and implmentation of clients software training seminars.  Directed the restructuring of multiple departments to optimize efficient client services. 








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