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Fernando Ortiz

Lecturer, Sustainability Management; Borough Director, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Fernando Ortiz is a Dominican-American sustainable designer and the borough director for New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he manages government and community relations. Formerly, he was a city planner in the Bronx. Ortiz started his career as a community organizer for the Point Community Development Corporation, and he has worked on environmental justice in the South Bronx and studied across four continents. His experience includes collaborating with Native American tribes, and he specializes in community engagement. He has participated in several urban planning/design projects within New York City. 

Ortiz holds master’s degrees in sustainability management from Columbia University and in sustainable design from the Boston Architectural College and a bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute. As a Bronx native, he is passionate about uplifting the needs and voices of Bronxites across the city and the globe.


• Sustainability Management