Garrison Ortiz was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado by his mother and grandparents.
Mr. Ortiz came into politics when he started a youth program for middle school students facing adversity. As founder of Educate Inspire & Change Pueblo’s Youth (EICPY), he worked to teach local youth that anyone with bright eyes, great minds and big dreams can accomplish anything with hard work and dedication. EICPY provided local youth with the tools to determine their goals and to devise a plan to achieve those goals.
Mr. Ortiz completed the 3+2 Program while attending Colorado State University-Pueblo, earning his Master of Business Administration Degree in 2012. While in school, Mr. Ortiz worked for Pueblo Rape Crisis Services, advocating for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Upon graduating, he worked as a consultant, developing strong international business experience throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada and Mexico. As a contractor, Mr. Ortiz helped businesses implement enterprise-wide budgeting, forecasting and reporting systems in both the public and private sector.
Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz was sworn into his first 4-year term on January 10, 2017. Commissioner Ortiz is dedicated to helping his community with his strong financial background and entrepreneurial approach to government. Commissioner Ortiz’s four pillars of focus during his first year in office are:
- Availability to County Employees and to the Public
- Open and Transparent Government Through Practice
- Business Process Improvement in Delivery of County Services
- Vision and Financial Alignment for Effective Spending
Commissioner Ortiz represents Pueblo County on the following committees:
- Pueblo Area Council of Governments
- Pueblo Economic Development Corporation
- Desert Hawk at Pueblo West Management Board
- Pueblo Advisory Council on Aging
- Pueblo County Committee on Disposition of Forfeited Property
- Senior Resource Development Agency Board
- Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control & Greenway District
- Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center Board
- Pueblo Regional Building Commission
- Latino Chamber of Commerce
- HARP Foundation
- Pueblo City-County Health Department – Board of Health