Michael R. Ortiz serves as Deputy Coordinator for Countering Violent Extremism in the Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism at the Department of State. He previously served as Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor at the White House since 2014. He was the principal policy advisor to the President's National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan E. Rice. In this capacity, Mr. Ortiz traveled with the President and Ambassador Rice to 18 countries, including China, Burma, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, India, Malaysia, Germany and the United Kingdom. Prior to this role, Mr. Ortiz served as Director for Legislative Affairs at the National Security Council, where he led efforts to implement the President's foreign policy and national security legislative agenda, including key trade, energy and intelligence reform bills. Mr. Ortiz previously served in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, from 2009-2012, and helped secure congressional passage of key presidential priorities, including health care reform, Wall Street reform and economic initiatives. Before coming to the White House, Mr. Ortiz served as Press Secretary to then-Senator Barack Obama and worked in the leadership and press offices of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He earned his BA in History from Stanford University in 2005.