Sharon Ortiz is the Executive Director of the Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC). The WSHRC enforces Washington’s laws against discrimination. Ms. Ortiz has worked for the Commission 14 years. She started as an investigator in the Yakima field office and has been the director since 2009. In her tenure as director she has led the agency through extreme budget cuts, finding innovative ways to achieve the mission of the WSHRC by creating effective partnerships, streamlining investigations and outreach. Ms. Ortiz is a board member with the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies, member of the Governor's Committee on Disability and recently joined a work group with Access to Justice.
Ms. Ortiz has almost two decades of experience in civil rights investigations. She began her career as assistant director at Northwest Fair Housing Alliance, conducting testing and working on housing discrimination cases. Ms. Ortiz is a graduate of Whitworth College in Spokane where she received the Sociology in Action Award.
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