Orlando J. Ortega
 
Recently retired Senior Vice President of Cacique, Inc. - the largest manufacturer of Hispanic cheeses, creams and drinkable yogurt in the U.S.- Orlando Ortega is regularly involved as a Board member in support of various professional, charitable, educational and cultural organizations, such as Chair and asTreasurer of Buenanueva Foundation (1999 - present), Chair and President of Hispanics for Los Angeles Opera (2004 - 2007), Trustee of Mt SAC Foundation (2007 - present) Trustee of National Hispanic University (2006 - 2007), Chair of Don Bosco Technical Institute Board Finance Committee (1994-2004), and 2nd Vice Chair of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (1992 - 2000)
Closure in 1958 of his educational institution due to Cuba's political unrest forced him to migrate to the U.S. where he completed his engineering education at the University of Southern California in 1959 and, while employed at Edison, an M.S.M.E. degree in 1964, and a certificate of Nuclear Engineering Operations from the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology in 1964. He became directly involved in the development of nuclear power in Southern California as Edison's first Chief Nuclear Engineer. Subsequently, as Manager of Projects, he was responsible for the project management of several multi-million dollar generating projects prior to his retirement from Edison in 1995. He has authored a number of technical papers ranging from nuclear safety to project management, and has consulted on these subjects in the U.S. and abroad. He is a registered professional engineer in California.
 
Although technically oriented in education,. Orlando is also concerned with the bridges between technology and the political and humanitarian processes of our society.  He is a firm believer in the socio-political advantages of channeling some of the riches of corporate America to community-oriented causes, which explains why he has had life-long participation in the support of these bridges.
 
Orlando and his wife Fifi are 35 year-long residents of Fullerton, California and enjoy a family of two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.
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