Orietta Verdugo

Orietta Verdugo graduated Coolidge High School (CHS) with the Class of 2000.  During her tenure at CHS she was an exceptional academic scholar and star athlete, graduating with a 3.98 GPA and receiving various academic distinctions. She obtained 10 varsity letters for her athleticism in volleyball, basketball, softball, and tennis.  Always one to push the boundaries and break the proverbial “glass ceiling” Orietta, was the first woman to wrestle for CHS and received a varsity letter in the sport.  As a true renaissance woman Orietta’s interest was not limited solely to academics and sports, she was First Chair Percussionist in both Marching and Symphonic Band as a snare drummer.  Moreover, her leadership skills blossomed as an active student government member at CHS, culminating in her election as student body president. As an active member of her community, she served at Saint James Catholic Church in the Alter Server Society.


As a result of her stellar academic accomplishments Orietta received a highly competitive scholarship to attend Arizona State University, where upon she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering.  Her love for knowledge continued as she attended graduate school at the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology, remarkably receiving two degrees a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Engineering Systems.

Ms. Verdugo has worked in various industries across the United States, Mexico, and Spain.  Her expertise lies within business, supply chain, and operations.  She has worked for General Electric Energy, Inditex Zara and currently for Intel Corporation. 


Ms. Verdugo is active within the Latino community and enjoys promoting careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  She has served as the Vice Chair of the board for Si Se Puede Foundation and was the alumna advisor for Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. at Arizona State University.  She is a recipient of the Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers Award from the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and was named one of the 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 by Univision Radio – Phoenix and Valle del Sol.  Both awards honor Hispanic individuals who demonstrate their passion for community through their efforts of service and leadership.


An Arizona native, Orietta was born in the small town of Ajo and moved to Coolidge in sixth grade. Her hobbies include traveling the world, hiking, yoga, and being with her loved ones. 

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