Anita Ortega is a retired police captain who is Afro-Puerto Rican, and was a collegiate basketball player at UCLA. Her mother is African-American and her father was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Anita served over 32 years in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), rising to the rank of Captain before retiring in 2016. She also officiates Division I Women's Basketball; an easy transition from being an All-Star athlete and Hall of Famer. Anita has been the inspiration for characters in books and has been the subject of many published articles.
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). 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 2002, Anita was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame.
In 2009, Anita was assigned to Hollenbeck Police Station where she was the first Afro-Puerto Rican female to manage and supervise an Area command in Los Angeles.
In 2011, Anita was inducted into the Western States Police and Fire Games Hall of Fame.
In 2012, Captain Ortega participated in the UCLA Commercial about the opening of the "New" Pauley Pavilion in a LAPD uniform.
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 June 2017, Anita delivered the UCLA commencement address to UCLA's largest graduating class.
For more information, please visit her bio on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anita_Ortega
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