As Dean of Students, Ortega heads the FIU College of Law’s Office of Student Services, which is responsible for student life and major events at the school, from first-year orientation to commencement. She is the faculty sponsor for the Student Bar Association, the College’s student government, which serves as the parent organization to over thirty student groups at the College of Law. In her work as Dean of Students, Ortega has focused on normalizing and improving student access to mental healthcare, improving peer, faculty, and alumni mentoring for first-year students, increasing early application to the Florida Bar, and using technology to improve efficiency among student groups and in the Office of Student Services.
Dean Ortega was co-valedictorian of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida, where she majored in Economics and Political Science. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. After law school, Professor Ortega clerked for the Honorable Stanley Marcus on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and served for nearly five years as an Assistant County Attorney in the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office.
Dean Ortega was born and raised in west Miami-Dade County, and spent her childhood on and around FIU’s campus. She is the proud daughter and granddaughter of Cuban immigrants.