Maria Ortega joined the Institute in June 2022 with nearly thirty years of experience in Sponsored Research Administration. As the Institute’s Chief Compliance Officer, Maria works closely with organizational leadership in identifying, designing, implementing, and monitoring the processes by which the Institute will comply with all applicable laws and regulations to safeguard research integrity. Maria serves as the Chair of the LJI Compliance Committee and reports regularly to the LJI Managing Director and the Audit, Risk, and Compliance Committee of the LJI Board of Directors.
Prior to joining LJI, Maria held a leadership position at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute where she managed the day-to-day operations as the Director of the Sponsored Research Office. She worked closely with scientific personnel to advise and guide on best practices related to research administration and compliance.