Carmen Ortiz Larson, President, AQUAS
Carmen Ortiz Larsen – www.aquasinc.com
Ms. Larsen is an accomplished executive, project manager, business management and technology systems consultant. She is the CEO of AQUAS, Incorporated, a company which she founded in 1990. The company was inducted in the Business Hall of Fame for Montgomery County in 2011, and was recognized in the Top100 MBE’s for the State of Maryland in 3 different years. Among her accomplishments as an information systems and technologies professional, Ms. Larsen is an Executive IT Program Modernization consultant or the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, she designed a US Department of Agriculture’s national system to track and report on national poultry inspections, and established a program to collect and analyze ethical concerns in clinical settings for the Veterans Health Agency at the Veterans Administration. Ms. Larsen served as a Business Center Consultant for the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the US Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, and for the Gaithersburg / Germantown Pathways Community Grant. She is the President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Montgomery County where she founded a youth mentoring program 14 years ago. She serves on the Executive Boards for the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation and Holy Cross Healthcare System, and is a board member at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, Rebuilding Together Montgomery, the Affordable Housing Conference, and the Community Foundation. She has assisted over 200 small businesses in the DMV area in developing sustainability and growth strategies.
Ms. Larsen is a Physics graduate of Georgetown University, studied International Law at American University, attended Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is certified in project management and public transit safety, and trained in international law and ethics in healthcare. Born of Ecuadorian immigrants in Rome, Italy, she migrated to the United States at age 16. She is a US Citizen, fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.