Deborah Ortiz Assumes CEO Role at Opening Doors


February 2016


On January 1, 2016, the Board welcomed Deborah Ortiz as the new CEO of Opening Doors after Debra DeBondt retired.


Deborah served many years as an elected official in local and state government; she served on the Sacramento City Council, in the California State Assembly and the State Senate.


During her years at the Legislature, Deborah advocated for the rights of immigrants, carrying many bills that improved the lives of refugees, undocumented persons, and others.


Deborah also has a wealth of non-profit experience, having served as Vice President of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and more recently as a Vice President of the California Primary Care Association. Deborah currently serves as an elected trustee and President of the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees.


Deborah not only has the experience and qualifications, but more importantly genuinely shares Opening Doors’ vision and passion for creating opportunities for the people we serve.


She warmly shared, “[Debra] presented me with the perfect opportunity to do what I’m passionate about: ensuring access to opportunities for those who often lack status or power in our society. Our region has a rich history of immigrant populations making Sacramento their home. We are stronger as a result of our diversity, and I am thrilled to contribute.”


Deborah is inspired and pleased to guide Opening Doors as it embarks on increased community awareness of our programs through marketing, outreach, and community collaboration, and as a leader in services to underserved populations in the Greater Sacramento region.


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