Larisa Ortiz’s career in planning spans nearly two decades, including extensive work managing urban commercial revitalization and economic development efforts. In 2008, Ortiz founded Larisa Ortiz Associates, whose clients include city governments, non-profits, Business Improvement Districts and other economic development entities, both nationally and internationally. A Fulbright Scholar and Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Ortiz earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Master’s in City Planning from M.I.T.