Carolyn Ortega, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from University of Phoenix. Today, Carolyn serves as Chief Financial & Operations Officer for six companies, a Social Enterprise. Accepting the job with the Atrisco Companies twelve years ago was definitely a leap of faith. She had never been a part of a start-up company, much less in a role as a key person in an organization that was building four companies and re-creating two others. Carolyn, however, was prepared. Her earlier life experiences would give her the resilience to succeed as an adult both personally and professionally. Carolyn has more than twenty five years of high-level experience managing personnel, daily operations, financial operations, business development, capacity building and managing diverse organizations. Prior to her current role, she was auditing governmental agencies. She excels at process development, strategic and big-picture thinking, as well as navigating the details of complicated systems. In her position at The Atrisco Companies, she has overseen the operational and financial concerns of six companies with 3 organizational structures (three 501(c)(3) organizations, one 501(c)(13), and an LLC). She has a deep understanding of the financial and operational demands, and regulations required for each business structure. In her time with The Atrisco Companies, she has helped to grow the businesses from less than $1M in Revenues to over $5M in Revenue today. In this period she has led the organization’s growth increasing employees from (3) in the year one to a (180) person headcount today. While growing rapidly, her leadership has helped maintain a tight focus on The Atrisco Companies’ mission to support education, cultural preservation, and economic development in central New Mexico. She has been given an opportunity to combine the passion that has been a driver in her life into a career that can make a real difference in New Mexico by operating an organization with a social impact of more than 20,000 people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds through a menu of services aligned with the community needs.
Her ability to guide organizations as they evolve and grow is her true talent. As they say if it was easy everyone would do it. In the Charter School realm building programmatic and business functions is a tough job. Building this type of organization with a goal of becoming a leader in the field is even tougher. Ambitious and hopeful Principals and Heads of School know the goal of building a successful Charter School is immensely improved when one surrounds themselves with the right people. Carolyn Ortega has proven to be a builder of great organizations