Tampa, Fla. – (March 15, 2016) – The University Area Community and Development Corporation (University Area CDC) has appointed Nestor Ortiz to the position of chief operations officer.
As chief operations officer, Ortiz will utilize his experience in cultivating stakeholder relationships while increasing and leveraging public/private resources to help build the University area’s capacity for resident success. Ortiz also will be responsible for helping to facilitate a strong connection with community residents through a myriad of programming and outreach initiatives, while also strengthening the University Area CDC’s infrastructure through facilities and capital improvements on both the main campus and its external locations.
“I’m so excited to have Nestor on board. His vast years of experience of working with this community and with so many not-for-profits make him a perfect fit,” said Sarah Combs, University Area CDC executive director and CEO. “We look forward to tapping into his expertise and strategic thinking to help propel us to the next level.”
Ortiz has been involved in youth and community development programs for almost 25 years, beginning as a 14-year-old participant of MOSI’s Y.E.S. Team program. His time in the field of youth and community development brought him to hold leadership positions at several world-class informal education institutions, including Lowry Park Zoo, Boston Museum of Science, and Zoo New England, where he created programs and other opportunities for meaningful youth and community engagement. While running a program development consulting firm for 12 years, Ortiz helped to create and develop high quality programs with numerous agencies throughout the Tampa Bay area, including the University Area CDC.
“Our organizational success is heavily dependent on our ability to respond to the growing needs of our community residents with access to healthy food and exercise, safe spaces to play, increased employment, educational alternatives, and equitable housing. These are all issues I have been passionate about for years and now get to come back to a community I love and help champion them with an incredible team of stakeholders,” Ortiz said.
UACDC is a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership whose mission is children and family development, crime prevention and commerce growth. Its primary focus is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. The UACDC was named Nonprofit of the Year for Public and Societal Benefit by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2011 and 2012. It is headquartered in the University Area Community Center Complex, 14013 North 22nd Street, and is owned by Hillsborough County and operated by the UACDC. More information about UACDC is online at www.uacdc.org and by calling 813.558.5212.