Morgan Deann Ortagus is a policy and national security analyst based in New York City. Ortagus is currently an Executive Director in Ernst and Young (EY)’s Geostrategic Business Group and the United States Navy Reserve Officer.
Morgan Ortagus is initially from Auburndale, Florida. Her dad owns two Florida franchise locations of ServiceMaster, a cleanup and restoration firm while her mother is the office director for the business enterprise.
Growing up, Morgan Ortagus competed in beauty pageants therefore that she could acquire scholarships to help pay for her college tuition. She arrived third runner-up from the Miss Florida beauty pageant winning a $3,000 scholarship. She previously won the Miss Orange Blossom, Miss Florida Citrus pageants, Miss Auburndale, and Miss Teen Auburndale pageants.
Morgan Ortagus began volunteering with organizations like SAAD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and (MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in age 13 after her pageant mentor, Malina Price-Bos of Auburndale, was murdered by a drunk driver.
On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Morgan Ortagus married her husband Jonathan Ross Weinberger. They were led by Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her chambers at the Supreme Court at Washington, D.C.
In the evening, Rabbi Kenneth B. Block headed a Jewish wedding ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C. Morgan Ortagus’ previous marriage ended in divorce
In ancient 2016, Morgan Ortagus joined Ernst and Young (EY) as a Global Executive Director. She subsequently launched EY’s geopolitical initiative, the Geostrategic Business Group, where she serves as the team’s External Director. Ortagus is also currently a United States Navy Reserve Officer.
Morgan Ortagus frequently appears on Fox News and Fox Business as a contributor or guest host, lending her federal security and policy experience.
Morgan Ortagus is a Johns Hopkins University Leadership Fellow; a part of the Center for a New American Security Council and Future of Sanctions Task Force; a member of the Institute for the Study of War’s Advancement Committee; a part of the Women’s Democracy Network Advisory Council for the International Republican Institute; the National Co-Chair of Maverick PAC; a board member into the Elizabeth Dole Foundation;
along with a board member to the Friends of the American University of Afghanistan. Furthermore, Ms. Ortagus serves as an Advisor to Concordia, where she contributes to the strategic direction and development of the organization’s diplomacy and national security programming.
- Formerly, Morgan Ortagus was a Global Relationship Manager at Standard Chartered Bank in the Public Sector Team covering clients in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
- In 2010, Morgan Ortagus was delegated to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as the Deputy United States Treasury Attaché to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ortagus was concentrated on working together with the Saudi Arabian government to curb the illicit financial flows to and from Saudi Arabia. Ortagus was the primary liaison from the U.S. Treasury to the banking sector in Saudi Arabia.
- By 2008-2010, Morgan Ortagus was an intelligence analyst in the United States Treasury at the Office of Intelligence and Investigation, mostly covering the Middle East and North Africa. She functioned to publicly designate individual terrorists around the United Nations 1267 list.
- Morgan Ortagus started her government service as a public affairs officer at the United States Agency for International Development, wherein 2007 she spent a few months in Baghdad, Iraq.
- In 2006, Morgan Ortagus worked as a press secretary for K. T. McFarland who had been a United States Senate candidate at the time.