Ramona Ortega is the founder and CEO of My Money My Future (www.midineromifuturo.com) a mission-driven financial tech startup that empowers Hispanic Millennials to manage their money and grow their wealth by combining culturally relevant financial content with comprehensive money management tools on one platform.
Ms. Ortega is also a corporate attorney and litigates complex securities actions. She was a summer honors intern with the Asset Management Unit of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and worked on corporate restructuring in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, S.D.N.Y. She was part of the litigation team that successfully sued J.P. Morgan Chase on Madoff related claims.
Ortega has more than a decade of leadership in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to working in law, Ortega founded Global Networks Consulting, providing research design and program evaluation for foundations and government funded programs. In this capacity, she implemented multi-year studies, drafted policy reports and provided strategic insight on program metrics. She is trained in SPSS and has authored reports on a wide rage of social policy issues.
During this time, she also founded Cidadao Global, the only non-profit in the tri-state area serving Brazilian immigrants and was the recipient of the 2009 Union Square Award. From 2000-2007, Ortega was the director of the Human Rights Project where she was instrumental in submitting the first shadow report to the United Nations for the first review of the United States under the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (“ICERD”) and was a delegate to World Conference Against Racism in Durban South Africa. Ortega is an expert on ICERD and a founder of the NY Human Rights Initiative, an disruptive policy campaign to integrate human rights standards into municipal law. She has designed and implemented extensive human rights trainings and capacity building programs on ICERD and local implementation of international law. She was a founding member of the US Human Rights Network and worked in Geneva and D.C.
Ortega began her career as a journalist and social science researcher with MDRC.
She received her BA from the University California at Los Angeles and JD from Fordham University Law School.
*Ortega is a member of the Experts of Color Network developed by the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative.
2013 Hispanic Leadership Award, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer
2012 William M. Tendy Scholarship and Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award
New York Daily News, Great People Profile, January 29th, 2010
Winner of 2009 Union Square Award