We are delighted to present our M.C. for the 2017 ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! Rally: Jackie Ortiz, At-Large Member of the Rochester City Council and local entrepreneur.
A city of Rochester native, Jackie is a graduate of Wilson Magnet High School, and she has a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University. She lives in the Charlotte Neighborhood with her fiancé’ Juan Luciano, their son Cristian and 2 dogs Evie and Ramses.
Jackie was elected to her first term as an At-Large Member on the City Council in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. She serves as Chair of the Neighborhood and Community Development Committee which focuses on legislation that impacts neighborhoods. The committee reviews legislation concerning real estate, inspection and compliance, planning and zoning, Neighborhood Service Centers, the Rochester Land Bank, and the general improvement and beautification of neighborhoods. In addition to this responsibility, Jackie was appointed Chair of the Education Ad-Hoc Committee, a partnership of the Rochester City School Board, Monroe County Legislature, and the City Council. She also serves as a member of the City Council’s Arts and Culture Committee.
Jackie is proud to be a small business owner. She has been an agent with State Farm since 2006, and with the support of State Farm and City Hall, she relocated her business from Greece, in the suburbs, to the city’s center in January 2009. The move to her new Alexander Street office allowed her to be more accessible to a larger community base. Assisting with the needs of the Rochester community has always been extremely important to Jackie, and her work has allowed her to engage the community by leading first time home buyer seminars with Pathstone and Neighborworks, and she has provided seminars focused on budgeting and savings with ABC Headstart. Prior to opening her agency she spent two years with Birds Eye Foods as a Marketing Manager and three years as a Brand Manager with S.C. Johnson in Racine, WI.
As an active member of the community, Jackie is a founder of La Cumbre (http://www.roclacumbre.com/), a collective that works to improve the lives of Latinos/Hispanics relating to arts and culture, economic development, education, and government. In addition to this work, Jackie has served on the Boards of IBERO American Action League, and Borinquen Dance Theatre; as President of the executive planning team for the 2009 Puerto Rican Parade; as a charter member of Rochester’s first Latino Rotary Club; and she played an integral role in IBERO’s financial sustainability program. As a result of her work through State Farm and community activism, she was named Hispanic Business Person of the Year 2009.
Jackie believes in supporting young people and actively takes a role in trying to shape their development. In addition to her work on the Education Committee, Jackie serves as a mentor and presenter for the Red Cross Youth Leadership Development Program. She has participated in the Rochester Works Summer Employment Program providing high school students with real work experience and has worked with the Rochester City School District for several years through its Pencil Partnership Program. She is also the proud supporter of the Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball League.