Noé Ortiz Senior Manager, Seal of Excelencia Excelencia in Education Email nortiz@EdExcelencia.org Current Position: Noé Ortiz is the Senior Manager with the Seal of Excelencia portfolio. He delivers guidance, resources, and support to institutions as they pursue the Seal. In his role as manager, he works with senior leadership to create the processes and protocols to facilitate stakeholder engagement and momentum along the Ladder of Engagement. He collaborates, coordinates, and supports programmatic and other colleagues in their efforts as it relates to moving institutions along the Ladder of Engagement. Past Experiences: Noé has over 25 years of experience in the field of financial aid and college preparation spanning every segment of higher education (4-year private/public institutions as well as community colleges) and educational consulting. Prior to joining Excelencia in Education, his focus was on process improvement of higher education systems to ensure they work for students. As an advocate for access to higher education for low-income, underrepresented students, his passion was to demystify the college enrollment process through outreach efforts and by partnering with schools and community organizations. Why are you bringing your talent to Excelencia? I am a firm believer that education changes lives and future generations. I also believe that there are more talented students waiting to be discovered and nurtured, particularly in the Latino community, than are readily recognized by institutions. Many have been ready to do the work to serve these students. Excelencia in Education is the change agent that is tapping into this energy to transform institutions to do this work. How would you describe working at Excelencia? I love working at Excelencia because no matter how different our individual responsibilities may be, we are a team of highly talented and motivated individuals working towards one same common cause, to accelerate Latino student success. To a person, this is what drives us. It is refreshing to work for an organization where you don’t have to worry about convincing colleagues to support your efforts.