Ortiz named Alumni Association president

Orlando Ortiz ’04, ’08 MBA wants to create more opportunities for alumni to get involved with RIT.

Orlando Ortiz ’04 (manufacturing engineering technology), ’08 (MBA) took over as the RIT Alumni Association president in January. He will serve for two years. 

“There are a lot of alumni who are passionate about RIT, and we want them to really focus on the opportunities that are available,” Ortiz said. “For example, how do we increase representation on the board for folks who haven’t traditionally been well represented? Where are those gaps where we don’t have voices?”

Ortiz, a real estate investment and property manager, has been a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors for 10 years. He is also active with RIT’s Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Inc. and is a mentor with RIT’s Men of Color, Honor, and Ambition (MOCHA) program.

He was RIT’s 2020-2021 Frederick H. Minett Professor. The Minett Professorship brings distinguished Rochester-area multicultural professionals to the university to share their professional knowledge and experience with students, faculty, and staff for one academic year. 

“I’m excited to get feedback from alumni who don’t know what the Alumni Association really does, and for people to express interest in learning more,” said Ortiz, who will also serve on the RIT Board of Trustees during his two-year term. “We have the ability to ensure we’re engaging our alumni in the right ways so we can support RIT.”


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