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. Ortiz also serves on the Board of Directors for the Osborne Foundation. 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.
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