About FERC Office of Electric Reliability
David Ortiz, Acting Director
David Ortiz is the Acting Director of the Office of Electric Reliability. Prior to joining the Commission, David was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he directed a wide range of research and development on electricity transmission systems and energy system risk. Key research areas included: transmission system models, advanced control systems, computation, mathematics and algorithms, synchrophasors, and geomagnetic disturbances, among others. He represented the Department as the Federal nonvoting member of the North American Electric Reliability Corporationís Member Representatives Committee and led interagency outreach efforts. From 1998 through 2013, David worked at the RAND Corporation, where he built a program of energy policy research and analysis.
David earned his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He graduated from Princeton University.
David lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife, Nicole, and two children. He is an avid cyclist, home cook, and musician.