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María Ortiz

María joined the Urban Planning team at Bloomberg Associates in August 2021. María is passionate about making cities incredible places to live, and helping municipal governments provide better service delivery to their citizens. She has experience working with cities across the US and Latin America in an advisory capacity, as well as working for the City of New York.

Previously, María served as a City Strategy Advisor for the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge at NRDC. She worked with Atlanta, St Petersburg (FL) and Washington DC on initiatives to accelerate decarbonization in the transportation and building energy sectors.

Prior to NRDC, María was a Program Manager at Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities. She first worked with a portfolio of cities in Latin America as an advisor to create and implement city resilience strategies. She also worked within the Strategy Delivery Unit to provide technical assistance to cities such as Atlanta, Panama and Washington DC, as well as Battery Park City Authority in NYC.  She worked for the NYC Department of Sanitation for three years, managing recycling programs for electronics, textiles and organic waste.

María is a Mexico City native.  She holds a BA in Economics from Universidad Iberoamericana, a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment and a Master of Science in Urban Informatics from the New York University’s Center for Urban Science & Progress.