CJ Ortuno was the Director of Development for Hands
On Miami, a nonprofit social entrepreneur organization
that builds community by engaging people in over 100
monthly volunteer action projects. He was responsible
for raising the funds necessary for Hands On Miami’s 2
million dollar budget. This was accomplished by building
sustainable partnerships with individuals, corporations,
government agencies, and foundations to help create
synergistic solutions to community problems in the form
of cash contributions. Prior to his current position, he accelerated profit in a 2.5 million
dollar territory for the Sherwin-Williams Paint Company, where he was considered for the
Rookie Salesman of the Year award.  The first to achieve a college degree in his family,
he graduated from Florida International University with a Batchelor of Arts degree in
History. He then traveled through several European countries including Italy, France,
Switzerland, Austria, and the United Kingdom for almost two years.

Raised in Miami, Florida, CJ now lives on South Beach with his wife and 17-month-old
daughter. As a graduate from the 2008 Leadership Miami Class, he led a project that
created an economic development software program for the City of Miami. He was
recently invited to sit on the Advisory Board of the Zen Village, a
nonprofit organization committed to teaching the ways of eastern
philosophy to the west through workshops, seminars, and retreats. His
passion and dedication to the public sector has benefited children, the
environment, and the disadvantaged. He lives by a simple philosophy
and is often heard saying, “listen to understand and not to respond.”

CJ is now the Executive Director of SAVE a political advocacy group that
works towards equality and justice for our gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgender community members.

CJ is a contributing writer for Ambiente.


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