Alternate Board Member
Adam Ortiz is Director of the Department of the Environment for Prince George’s County, Maryland, where he heads a 300 employee, $160 million agency. The Department is dedicated to recycling, composting, clean water, renewable energy and humane animal care. He and his department have been recognized by the Washington Post, the Aspen Institute, Governing Magazine, Clinton Global Initiative, and the White House for innovative programs that have been very successful in restoring local streams while creating green jobs and food scrap compost programs for waste diversion.
Among Mr. Ortiz’s noteworthy accomplishments is his three terms as Mayor of Edmonston, Maryland. Edmonston was recognized as a Champion of Change by The White House and received a Bright Idea Award from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He also worked as a Soros Justice Fellow to abolish the death penalty for juveniles, which culminated in the landmark 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roper v. Simmons. Mr. Ortiz was also Deputy Director for Amnesty International’s Midwest Office which worked to abolish the death penalty, stop police brutality, improve prison conditions, improve fairness for asylum, and release prisoners of conscience.
Mr. Ortiz has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. He is a volunteer member of the Local Government Advisory Council to the EPA Administrator.