Israel Ortega is a nationally recognized political commentator and the Senior Op-ed Writer for In Pursuit Of, the in-house communications and marketing firm for the Charles Koch Institute network. Prior to joining In Pursuit of, Izzy served as a senior writer for “Opportunity Lives,” an online news publication fostering free enterprise, a vibrant civil society and a competent government as the best means of expanding opportunity to all.
Israel has also worked for The Heritage Foundation, a public policy think tank where he helped start Libertad.org – The Heritage Foundation’s Spanish language site that includes a Spanish language translation of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other foundational documents.
Israel has written hundreds of articles, opinion columns and research papers on a variety of topics, including religious freedom, economic freedom, immigration and education. Publications that have featured Israel’s work include “The Wall Street Journal,” “National Review Online,” “The Blaze,” “Univision,” “The Huffington Post” and “The Hill.”
Israel’s work also has appeared in Spanish language publications including “El Diario,” “La Prensa,” and “La Opinion” as well as international publications including Venezuela’s “El Universal” and Chile’s “El Mercurio.”
Ortega is a prolific voice in both English and Spanish language media, appearing on Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Telemundo and Univision. Among Ortega’s most prominent media appearances include Univision’s “Al Punto” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Israel got his start working in Washington, D.C., as a congressional aide for U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen — the first Latina Republican woman in Congress and the former chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Israel is married with three children, Mary Tobin, 4, Inez, 2, and Jack, 1. Israel and his family live in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, and are active members of Restoration Anglican Church in Arlington, Virginia.
You can follow Israel Ortega on Twitter: @IzzyOrtega