Our Chief Executive Officer
Jessica G. Ortiz is an executive leader recognized for her open-door policy and her outstanding ability to build consensus while maximizing staff talents plus available resources for the benefit of the organization and the communities served.
Before joining PRFI as Chief Executive Officer, she served as Vice President of Development and External Relations for PENCIL where she worked hand-in-hand with the President and Board of Directors in growing programs, enhancing revenue streams, broadening brand awareness, and increasing organizational impact on New York City Public School students.
She has a 17-year track record of strategically developing partnerships that achieve high programmatic growth, revenue generation, organizational impact, and positive evaluation-based outcomes.
Her top priorities as CEO at PRFI will be: strengthen current programs, increase visibility with the public, brands and community leaders, grow programmatic base to include more youth development services, and wrap around services to the community in Puerto Rico and United States.
She earned a Master of Public Health (MPH), Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University and a B.A., Magna Cum Laude with a double concentration in Community Health and Spanish Literature, from Brown University. Jessica enjoys experiencing different cultures and has traveled to over twenty-three countries. She is married and has two children.
As a first-generation immigrant raised in the South Bronx, Jessica has an in-depth understanding of the needs of multi-ethnic underserved communities, and a profound appreciation of the impact of health and social services.
In 1960 the Puerto Rican Family Institute was established as a volunteer effort by a group of twenty Puerto Rican social workers. Led by Agustin Gonzalez, they shared a dream: to establish a service program to prevent the disintegration of Puerto Rican migrant families who lived in New York City. The Institute was incorporated in 1962 as an anti-poverty program.
In 1964 their vision became a reality with a demonstration grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity which established the “Program to Preserve the Integration of the Puerto Rican Migrant Family.” The Institute became one of the first citywide agencies to start serving the Puerto Rican community. During this period, paths were forged to broaden service delivery to other Hispanic groups.
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PRFI Board of Directors provides leadership and legal & fiscal responsibility for all programs and services.
List Board Members:
Mildred Allen, Ph.D.
1st Vice Chair
2nd Vice Chair
President – Hope for Families and Children Foundation, Inc.