Commissioner Germaine M. Ortiz

Committee Assignments

  • Organization/Agenda
  • Budget/Finance
  • Human Services
  • Labor and Personnel
  • Parks
  • Planning (Chair)
  • Public Works
  • Organization and Internal Affairs

Commissioner Board Representation

  • Bergen County Housing Authority Liaison
  • Board of School Estimate - Bergen Community College
  • Utilities Authority Liaison
  • Asian Advisory Committee
  • Hispanic Advisory Committee

Phone: 201-336-6276


Commissioner Germaine M. Ortiz was first elected to the Bergen County Board of County Commissioners in 2016 and soon thereafter, became the first Latina to lead the Board of Commissioners as Chairwoman. 

She holds a dual Bachelor's Degree from Seton Hall University in both Spanish & Communications and is also certified by the New York Institute of Finance for Securities Analysis. Upon completion of her degree and certificate, she became Vice President of Dinsmore Capital Management on Wall Street and worked there for over twenty-three years.

In 1997, Commissioner Ortiz moved to start a family at Palisades Park with her husband of 20+ years- Willie Ortiz. In 1999 she welcomed her first daughter Alex Ortiz. In 1999, she was also elected to the Board of Education and then served as a Palisades Park City Council Member. In 2002, she worked as a Commissioner for the Bergen County Utilities Authority until December of 2004. Then she moved to her current hometown of Emerson where she welcomed her second daughter Daniella Ortiz. In Emerson, she served on the Recreation Commission and the Land-Use Board for several years. Later, she became a member of the Board of Trustees for Bergen Community College from 2004 to 2012 and again recently, from 2015 to 2016.

In 2020 she became Chairwoman of the Bergen County Complete Count Committee where she successfully led an effort to properly allocate resources for a full count of the 2020 Census. Thanks to her leadership, Bergen County had its best Census count in 20 years despite all of the setbacks brought on by the pandemic. 

Commissioner Ortiz is committed to bringing her financial expertise to ensure that the investments made by the residents of Bergen County are maximized to help our community. She has always brought a “people first” approach to governing and is persistent about keeping that tradition on the Board of Commissioners. 

Contact Us

Lara Rodriguez

Clerk to the Board

 Bergen County Board of Commissioners

One Bergen County Plaza  • 5th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-336-6526 • Fax:201-336-6290