Economic Justice Policy Analyst

Office: Los Angeles

Edgar Ortiz

Edgar Ortiz is the Policy Analyst for the Economic Justice team at CIPC. His research and responsibilities focus on workforce development, workers’ rights, and removing systemic barriers preventing immigrants from being able to thrive in the economy. The goal is systems-level changes that result in a more equitable workforce development system that creates economic prosperity for immigrants and other marginalized communities.”

Throughout his career, Edgar has gained professional experience in local, state, and federal government, as well as community based organizations and institutions of higher education. Prior to joining CIPC, Edgar worked at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) where he focused on K-12 education issues, including supporting the implementation of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s first ever Community Schools initiative, state legislation increasing transparency around charter schools, and researching increased funding opportunities for public schools. In addition, his research and organizing work has supported successful strategic campaigns for frontline retail workers, including Los Angeles County’s public health councils, hazard pay, collective bargaining, and fair scheduling legislation. While a graduate student, Edgar worked with graduate researchers to assess and advise on veteran employment initiatives in Los Angeles, along with analyzing U.S. – Mexico bilateral initiatives at the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute.
Edgar is a proud alum of both the University of La Verne, where he received his B.A. in Political Science, and the University of Southern California, where he received his Masters in Public Policy. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, watching movies, martial arts training, and living his best life on the Los Angeles food scene.