Juan Ortiz

Director, Homeland Security and Emergency Management

City of Austin

A native Texan, born in Rio Hondo and raised in Brownsville Texas, Juan attended the University of North Texas in Denton. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Administration and Disaster Planning in May 1994. 

Juan began his career in 1994 with the City of Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management as an Emergency Management Officer until the summer of 1998, when he accepted the position of Emergency Management Coordinator with the City of Corpus Christi. In 2003, Juan accepted the position of Emergency Management Coordinator with the City of Fort Worth.  

In 2017, Juan accepted the position of Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management with the City of Austin where his primary duties included the coordination of response to major emergencies and disasters through a joint City and County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located at the Combine Transportation, Emergency and Communication Center.

Juan’s disaster experience includes coordinating EOC operations in response to Hurricanes Bret, Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and Harvey.  In 2011, Juan coordinated the Fort Worth EOC operations in support of Super Bowl 45 and record-setting Winter Storm. In 2018, Juan coordinated EOC operations for the Colorado River Flood and subsequent Boil Water Notice impacting over 1 million residents.

Juan retired from the United States Coast Guard Reserve in 2015 as a Chief Petty Officer with 28 years of service. Juan’s military services included Reserve Unit Port Isabel, Reserve Unit Dallas, USCGC Knight Island, Coast Guard Station Rockland Maine, Coast Guard Station Port Aransas Texas and Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, among others.

In 2001, the University of North Texas recognized Juan as a Distinguished Alumni for his contribution to the profession of emergency management. Juan has completed the City of Fort Worth Leadership Development Program and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Executive Leadership Development Program. He is a founding member of the Fort Worth Hispanic Leadership Organization.

Juan is a member of the Emergency Management Association of Texas, the International Association of Emergency Managers, and the Local Government Hispanic Network.

 

Juan Ortiz

Director, Homeland Security and Emergency Management

City of Austin

A native Texan, born in Rio Hondo and raised in Brownsville Texas, Juan attended the University of North Texas in Denton. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Administration and Disaster Planning in May 1994. 

Juan began his career in 1994 with the City of Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management as an Emergency Management Officer until the summer of 1998, when he accepted the position of Emergency Management Coordinator with the City of Corpus Christi. In 2003, Juan accepted the position of Emergency Management Coordinator with the City of Fort Worth.  

In 2017, Juan accepted the position of Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management with the City of Austin where his primary duties included the coordination of response to major emergencies and disasters through a joint City and County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located at the Combine Transportation, Emergency and Communication Center.

Juan’s disaster experience includes coordinating EOC operations in response to Hurricanes Bret, Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and Harvey.  In 2011, Juan coordinated the Fort Worth EOC operations in support of Super Bowl 45 and record-setting Winter Storm. In 2018, Juan coordinated EOC operations for the Colorado River Flood and subsequent Boil Water Notice impacting over 1 million residents.

Juan retired from the United States Coast Guard Reserve in 2015 as a Chief Petty Officer with 28 years of service. Juan’s military services included Reserve Unit Port Isabel, Reserve Unit Dallas, USCGC Knight Island, Coast Guard Station Rockland Maine, Coast Guard Station Port Aransas Texas and Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, among others.

In 2001, the University of North Texas recognized Juan as a Distinguished Alumni for his contribution to the profession of emergency management. Juan has completed the City of Fort Worth Leadership Development Program and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Executive Leadership Development Program. He is a founding member of the Fort Worth Hispanic Leadership Organization.

Juan is a member of the Emergency Management Association of Texas, the International Association of Emergency Managers, and the Local Government Hispanic Network.