Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
MGM Resorts International
Cindy Ortega is the Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President for MGM Resorts International. She oversees the development and implementation of strategies for environmental sustainability and awareness throughout the company. These include natural resource conservation, sustainable new construction and environmentally sensitive company operations. Cindy was responsible for the oversight and achievement of the LEED certification of the $8.5 billion dollar CityCenter project in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Under her guidance, six developments at CityCenter were awarded LEED Gold certifications, making it the largest single Gold certified new construction project in the world.
Cindy is recognized for her leadership and expertise on energy issues and testifies routinely before the Nevada Legislature. She was recognized by Green Building & Design as one of The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability in the United States.
She is Vice Chair of the Board of Cleantech Open, the world’s largest cleantech accelerator and innovation network. She has served as Board Chair of Green Chips, a private/public non-profit organization that encourages and facilitates environmental sustainability initiatives in Southern Nevada to advance the region’s identity as a sustainable destination. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of ONE DROP, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting poverty through projects aimed at supporting access to water, and raising awareness of water-related issues. She is often a speaker before industry and professional associations, and serves on environmental policy advisory panels.