Felix W. Ortiz III

Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Viridis Learning

Felix Ortiz III is founder, chairman and CEO of Viridis Learning, an educational technology company aimed at building the middle-skill workforce.

A serial entrepreneur, Ortiz has started several companies, including Visionary Trade & Export, a venture he founded at age 20 that led to multimillion-dollar deals. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the New York City Technology Development Corporation.

In 2013, he served on the technology subcommittee of then-Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio in New York City. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Ortiz was national co-chairman of Gen44, applying his entrepreneurial experience and energy to encouraging civic involvement among the younger generation. Previously, he was a member of the Obama-Biden transition team's advisory group for international trade and economics and served on the campaign's national finance committee council.

Ortiz was a member of the U.S. Army 18th Airborne Corps and JAG Corps. He attended St. John's University.