Anita Ortega is an Afro-Puerto Rican that was a collegiate basketball player at UCLA. She was an All-American. The team went on to defeat the University of Maryland, College Park in 1978 to take the Division I collegiate title (National Champions). In 1979, she played in the 1979 Pan American Games, representing Puerto Rico. Her father was born in Bayamón.
Anita played in the Women's Basketball League (WBL) from 1979 to 1981. She was an all-star for the San Francisco Pioneers. In 1982, Anita returned to her alma mater as an assistant basketball coach.
In 1984, Anita pursued a career in law enforcement. She presently hold the position of Captain with the Los Angeles Police Department. She also officiates Division I Women's Basketball.
In 2002, Anita was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame.
In 2003, Anita was featured in the Los Angeles Times-- "In Either Role, She's a True Officer of the Court"
In 2006, Anita and her law enforcement background were used to develop a character in John Kuri's novel, Takin' it Back.
In 2006, Anita was also featured in the book Mad Seasons: The Story of the First Women's Professional Basketball League, 1978-1981, by Karra Porter (University of Nebraska Press, May 2006). In the same year, Anita was nominated as the chair for the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) board of directors.
In 2007, Anita prepared her blog addressing the benefits of Title IX. It can viewed at www.licensetothrive.org/story/detail/id/11.
In 2007, Anita participated in the national UCLA alumni commercial entitled "My Big UCLA Moment." The UCLA commercial is featured on YouTube.
In 2008, Anita was featured in the Los Angeles Times--"Anita Ortega's Drive at UCLA Pays off for LAPD." The article can be viewed at www.articles.latimes.com/2008/jun30/sports/sp-crowe30.
In 2008, Anita was described as a UCLA Success Story. It can be viewed on http://www.spotlight.ucla.edu/alumni/anita-ortega/.
In 2009, Anita was assigned to Hollenbeck Police Station where she is the first Afro-Puerto Rican female to manage and supervise an Area command.
In 2011, Anita was inducted into the Western States Police and Fire Games Hall of Fame.
In September 2011, Anita was the recipient of The Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center's Bridge Award.
In October 2011, Anita was the honored as the UCLA Latina Alumna of the Year.
Anita was selected by the 68th Speaker of the California State Assembly, John Perez, as the 2012 Woman of the Year for the 46th district.
In July 2012, as part of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, Anita was recognized as one of UCLA's 40 "game-changers" in women's athletics. UCLABRUINS.COM
In 2012, Captain Ortega participated in the UCLA Commercial about the opening of the "New" Pauley Pavilion in a LAPD uniform.
In May 2013, Captain Ortega was recognized by the Rotary Club of East Los Angeles as the 2013 "Community Champion."
In May 2013, Anita was inducted into the Los Angeles Section Athletic Hall of Fame.
In July 2013, Anita was recognized as a 'Woman of Excellence' by the National Latina Business Women Association.
in 2014, Anita was selected as a 'UCLA Optimist.'
In March 2014, Anita was the keynote speaker at the National Girls and Women's in Sports Day Event in El Paso, Texas.
In August 2014, Anita was recognized as a 'Roman of Excellence' by her high school alma mater--Los Angeles High School.
In May 2015, Anita was one of seven ULCA alumni to be honored in 2015. She received the award for Public Service. View the video at http://alumni.ucla.edu/share/ucla-awards/bio/anita-ortega.aspx
In May 2015, Anita received the Directors' Award from the Hollenbeck Youth Center for her dedicated service to the community and youth.
In June 2016, Anita retired from the Los Angeles Police Department after 32.4 years.
In June 2017, Anita delivered the UCLA commencement address to UCLA's largest graduating class.