Executive Director, Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council, Phoenix, AZ
Elizabeth Ortiz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, a Master of Arts in Political Science, and a Juris Doctor. After graduating from lawschool, Ortiz clerked at the Arizona Court of Appeals. She then joined the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, in Phoenix, Arizona, where she prosecuted cases for sixteen years. During that time, Ortiz served as a Bureau Chief in Juvenile, Pretrial, Charging, and Appeals. In 2009, she joined the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council (“APAAC”) as the Senior Staff Attorney, and was subsequently named Executive Director.
In addition to her APAAC duties, Ortiz is a sworn special prosecutor in several Arizona counties, and continues to carry a criminal caseload. Ortiz is a board member of the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators, the National District Attorney’s Association, the Arizona Forensic Science Academy, and the Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women.
Further, Ortiz serves in leadership positions with her state and local bar associations. She teaches extensively throughout Arizona, the United States, and in Mexico on a wide variety of legal topics, and is a facilitator for the Lessons From the Holocaust: What You Do Matters course.