One of the great role models for women in Los Angeles, former Los Angeles High and
She was part of UCLA's 1978 national championship team. She arrived as a walk-on from Los Angeles High. During career day in high school, an FBI agent made a presentation, and that helped propel her to law enforcement.
She rose to captain in 2002 and is currently in charge of recruitment. She's also a top referee for NCAA women's basketball. She was inducted into the City Section Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
Here's the link to a 2003 profile I wrote about Ortega.
Hopefully, she'll be around giving lots of speeches to high school athletes in the future telling them they can be anything they want with hard work.