Manda Ortega
In my immediate family I am a first-generation citizen born in the United States and the first to earn a college degree.

Q&A Time!

 

Q: What’s your hometown and current residence? 

A: I’m originally from El Paso, Texas but now reside in Dallas.

 

Q: What’s a little-known fact about you? 

A: I am 38% Indigenous American, specifically Chiricahua Apache.

 

Q: Family, pets or hermit? 

A: I have 3 dogs (Australian Shepherds, so lots of fur) and a cat (rescued Grey Tabby cat) with my fiancé, who I happened to meet when I was 14. The moment he walked into my high school geography class I knew he was the one! Who knew we would play cat and mouse until our senior year of high school? We have been together for more than a decade.

 

Q: Any hobbies? 

A: Dancing to music, reading sci-fi novels, watching Marvel/DC shows and movies and going for walks. I also spend hours brushing my dogs—does that count as a hobby?

 

Q: Do you have a secret to success? 

A: Buy a planner, organize your life, create a vision for yourself and make small tangible goals to get there.

 

Q: What wisdom would you share with others, if only they’d ask? 

A: You are your own best friend. Learn to love yourself and all that you come with—the good and the bad.

 

Q: What makes you unique? 

A: I was raised by an ex-cop, so I never sit at a restaurant with my back to the door and usually count the number of people in a room while looking for the closest exits.