Meet the Team

Adán Ortega

Adán has a history of handling complex strategic planning, and communications challenges excelling in the water and natural resources arena. He has 30 years of experience and understanding of resource and environmental issues through senior leadership roles in government, business, and environmental organizations throughout Southern California, California, and the United States.

Before creating OSG, Adán was Managing Director of Rose & Kindel; Vice President of External Affairs at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Chief California Deputy Secretary of State; and Assistant General Manager of West and Central Basin Municipal Water Districts.

Adan is Chairman of the Mujeres De La Tierra Board of Directors, a Board Director of Sustainable Conservation, and a trustee of the Southern California Water Committee. He is a former board member of the California Water Commission, the State Board of Food and Agriculture, Heal the Bay, the National Audubon Society, and Whittier College. He is a graduate of Whittier College.

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Denise Peralta Gailey

Denise brings expertise in the areas of government affairs, fundraising and management to OSG.

As Managing Director of California Association of Mutual Water Companies, she focused on outreach to small community-owned water suppliers. She has also managed a political consulting business specialized in strategic fundraising development for local and state elected officials. Denise developed her strong political acumen while serving as a staff member in the state legislature. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

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Monika Valencia
Communications Liaison

Monika brings more than 20 years of communications experience in journalism, government and non-profits to Ortega Strategies Group. She wrote for several daily newspapers including the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. After newspapers, Monica served as the Deputy of Press and Legislative Affairs for Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, who spearheaded the Los Angeles River Revitalization. She was also an adjunct instructor at the University of La Verne, where she taught news writing and reporting. Monica went on to become the Director of Media Relations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic diocese, under the leadership of Archbishop José H. Gomez and Pope Francis.

Monica earned a Master’s Degree in English literature from the University of California, Irvine and a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley.


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