Commissioner Germaine M. Ortiz

Committee Assignments

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

Commissioner Board Representation

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

Phone: 201-336-6276


Germaine M. Ortiz was elected to the Bergen County Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 8, 2016 and sworn in on January 4, 2017.

Commissioner Ortiz holds a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish & Communications from Seton Hall University and a certificate in Securities Analysis from the New York Institute of Finance. Upon completion of her degree and certificate, she worked at Dinsmore Capital Management for 23 years where she moved up to be Vice President. She has been married to her husband Willie Ortiz for 23 years and they have two daughters, Alexandra and Daniela.

Commissioner Ortiz moved to Palisades Park where she ran and won a seat on the Board of Education in 1999. After her 2 year term expired, she was elected to the Council from 2001-04. She also served as a Bergen County Utilities Authority Commissioner from 2002-04 and was on the Board of Trustees for Bergen Community College from 2004-12 and 2015-16. In 2020 she became Chairwoman of the Bergen County Complete Count Committee which helped facilitate and allocate resources for a full count of the 2020 Census. Bergen County had it’s best Census count in 20 years with a 76% response rate.

Commissioner Ortiz has always brought a “people first” approach to governing and will continue that tradition on the Board of Commissioners. She brings her financial expertise to help the County of Bergen and its residents ways to save money and maximize investments.


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