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Fernando Ortiz,

Fernando Ortiz,, American commissioner. Recipient Syracuse Young Women’s Christian Association Academy Diversity Achievers award, 2006, Sustainable Assessment Design Team award, 2006; named Minister Small Business Advances of Year, United States Small Business Administration, Syracuse, 1995, Outstanding Board Member, Spanish Action League Onondaga County, 2006; named to Syracuse Northside Hall of Fame, 2006.


Ortiz,, Fernando was born on December 2, 1951 in Havana, Cuba. Came to the United States, 1961.


Attended, Miami-Dade Community College, 1972—1974. Attended, University Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1974—1975. Attended, Florida International University, Miami, 1975—1976.

Doctor of Medicine, University Centro Estudios Technicos, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1981. Postgrad, Syracuse University. Postgraduate, Syracuse University, since 1998.


Manager Ortiz Transportation, Miami, 1981-1984. Partner Astrum, Syracuse, New York, 1984-1991. Business developer Rebuild Syracuse, Inc., 1991-1992.

Coordinator Urban Business Opportunity Center City of Syracuse, 1992-1996, senior economic development officer, 1996-2000, budget director, 2000-2001, commissioner community development, since 2001. Member advisory board Greater Syracuse Small Business Loan Program, 1993-1999. Board directors Consolidated Industries, Inc., Child Care Council Onondago County.

Member educare committee Success By Six, 2000.


Secretary board directors Onondaga Spanish Action League, Syracuse, 1994-1995, 2003, president, 1996-2000. Cultural Resources Council, 1997-2000. Active Onondaga Citizens League, Syracuse, 1995.

Board directors Syracuse Neighborhood Housing Services, 1997-2000, Metropolitan Water Board, since 1998, Leadership Greater Syracuse, since 2000, Jubilee Homes, since 2001. Corporation member United Way Central New York. Member business and industry advisory board Onondaga Community College.

Member Leadership Greater Syracuse Class of '93, alumni board directors, board member, since 2001. Active F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse, since 1997. Secretary Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency.

Board directors Syracuse Economic Development Corporation. Secretary Spanish Action League Onondaga County, Inc., since 2006. Member Thursday Morning Roundtable.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, gardening, music.


Married Frances K. Ortiz. Children: William, Fernando III.