Olivia OrtizCEO of Burnt Nopal & COO, Cruz Ortiz Art
Activist, educator and CEO Olivia Flores Ortiz has dedicated herself to the development and enrichment of her community. Heavily influenced by her grandmother growing up in San Antonio, Olivia began her professional career as an educator, teaching English and Special Education. During her nine years in the classroom, she began to see the needs not only of her students, but of the larger San Antonio community. Social justice, accurate representation and speaking authentically to the Latinx community became the driving forces behind her work. In 2009, she met fellow teacher Cruz Ortiz. Married in 2012, they began what has become a decade of collaboration — so far. The couple founded Snake Hawk Press in response to demand from those seeking commercial versions of his work. Olivia began working on individual projects for Snake Hawk Press, continuing to take on responsibility until she ultimately served as CEO. In addition to keeping the business running, Olivia spearheaded many individual projects. Today, Olivia serves as CEO of the couple’s latest collaboration, Burnt Nopal, which offers a full range of services around branding, design and experiences. As with Snake Hawk Press, this latest venture stems in part from commercial demand — companies seeking to create authentic brand, marketing and experiences — as well as a desire by Olivia and Cruz to expand the work they offer. As part of her community work, Olivia serves as a proud board member of Eva’s Heroes, a non-profit founded by Eva Longoria dedicated to enriching the lives of those with special needs, the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and the Bexar County Child Welfare Commission.