April 24, 2019
Robert Ortega, El Paso Water
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Rev. Robert Ortega, P.E.
Project Engineering Manager, El Paso Water
Ethics Topic: Walk the Talk
Rev. Robert Ortega, P.E. currently serves as Project Engineering Manager for El Paso Water and has served as Senior Pastor of Holy Spirit of Hope Church since 2002.
Rev. Ortega obtained his BSCE from UTEP in 1970 and his MS in 1980. He has been a Registered P.E. in Texas since 1976.
He served during Vietnam-era as a Sanitary Engineer (O-2) with the U.S. Public Health Service designing and constructing water and sewer community services on Indian Reservations in Arizona, New Mexico and California. He continued in the reserves and was called back to service in 2006 for Katrina First Response, and was promoted to O-6 rank.
Rev. Ortega owned Construction Management Associates in the 1980’s, providing construction, design-build, and construction management services. CMA’s largest project was the design-build of a 11-story, U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, which was cut short. He worked with various City and Federal agencies; his highest position was Acting Commissioner of the International Boundary and Water Commission – US Section in 2001.
Prior to El Paso Water, Rev. Ortega had retired in 2004 from providing business development consulting, as well as RPR, for CH2M Hill, Arcadis and MCi.
Rev. Ortega has been married to beautiful Martha since 1968, and has 3 daughters, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.