Adam Ortiz Bio

Adam Ortiz serves as Director for the Department of the Environment for Prince George’s County.  Since his assignment in October 2012, the agency has piloted a public-private partnership to enhance local business participation in the County’s urban retrofit stormwater program, generate more renewable energy and increase community participation in sustainability programs.

From July 2011 to October 2012, Adam headed up CountyStat, an office established by County Executive Rushern Baker to ensure accountability and innovation, focusing on public safety, housing, and revitalization.  Prior to that he served as Acting Director of the Office of Community Relations for the Administration, where he helped to launch CountyClick/311.

From 2005-11, Adam served three terms as Mayor of Edmonston, Maryland.  His accomplishments included a 70% drop in crime, the end of devastating flooding, and building the east coast’s greenest street. The Edmonston Green Street is a model of sustainability utilizing natural bioretention for polluted stormwater in an urban setting, high efficiency LED streetlights powered by wind energy, native plants and trees, improved bike and pedestrian safety, with more than 60% local minority contracting, and has received recognition and awards from The White House and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, among other organizations.

Adam also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown (2009-2011) and oversaw veterans affairs, higher education, workforce policy and budget.  As State Director for the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation under Secretary Tom Perez (2007-09), he monitored operations for the 1500 person, $300M agency, and served as co-Director of Governor Martin O'Malley's New American's Initiative, which has been recognized as a best practice by the National Governor's Association.

He was Deputy Director of the University of Maryland Rawlings Center for Public Leadership (2005-2007) and Maryland Field Director for the John Kerry Presidential Campaign (2004).

As a Soros Justice Fellow at the American Bar Association (2002-2005), he worked to abolish the death penalty for juveniles, culminating in the landmark 5-4 United States Supreme Court decision, Roper v. Simmons.  He was also Deputy Director for Amnesty International's Midwest Office (2000-2002) working on death penalty issues, police brutality, prison conditions, asylum seekers and prisoners of conscience.

As a volunteer, he is a member of the Local Government Advisory Council to the EPA Administrator, a Board member of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, has served as President of the Maryland Mayor's Association (2009-2010) and Chair of the Ports Town Development Corporation. He was born and raised in New York’s Hudson Valley and has a B.A. from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.