Aidil Ortiz

Program Officer

At the Trust

For more than a decade, I have worked on systems, policy, and environment changes that assist in realizing the dream of better health for all North Carolinians. As a program officer, I love connecting communities to our health improvement funding opportunities, relevant data, and friends in the field that may support the growth of effective work.

I Work On

My Proudest Accomplishment

Bringing in new organizations to be part of the Healthy Places NC initiative, which helps to realize the Trust’s core of elevating underrepresented voices in work that impacts whole communities. It is inspiring to see how the conversation shifts when voices of the people most impacted by health issues are at the center.

Before I Got Here

  • Program Director, Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!), a national intergenerational non-profit dedicated to changing systems, policies, and environments for sustainable health improvement
  • Assistant Director, Campus Y, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an incubator for social justice through social innovation
  • Voting Rights Coordinator, American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, a statewide civil rights protection non-profit

Education and Awards

  • Master in Counseling, North Carolina Central University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Seeds of Fire, Highlander Research and Education Center
  • National Group of the Year Award Winner by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

When the Day is Done

I serve on the City of Durham’s Biking and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, host GirlTrek walks—an effort to rally one million Black women to walk in their neighborhoods for self-care and healing—and enjoy the many trails in the Triangle area. My two miniature schnauzers keep me rising early and meeting neighbors on our East Durham strolls.

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