How do you stay “cool” in the Arizona summers? It’s easy, by exploring different coffee shops during the daytime and running in early morning/nights.

What makes Greater Phoenix so great: Janicia Ortiz

Published: 02/14/2019
Updated: 10/09/2019

What is your first and last name?
Janicia Ortiz

How old are you?

What current city do you reside in?


How long have you lived in Greater Phoenix?

I have been living here for 4 years.

Did you grow up in Arizona?

Why’d you decide to stay?
I decided to go to ASU because of the great Global Management program that they have.

Where are you originally from and why’d you decide to move to Arizona?
I am an Arizona native from San Luis, a small border town south of Yuma.

What college/university did you graduate from and what’s your degree?
Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Where do you currently work and what is your title?
Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Marketing and Communications Intern

What is your job industry?
Marketing/Communications and Economic Development

What do you like to do in Greater Phoenix on the weekends?
Hitting the road and exploring different parts of Arizona with friends is always a good idea. If I stay in the region, I love to try out new coffee shops and restaurants.

What’s your go-to staycation spot and why?
Anywhere in Arizona, I try to visit different friends or family by going down to Tucson, Southwest to San Luis/Yuma, or up North to Flagstaff. Anywhere in Arizona feels like a vacation to me!

What’s your favorite restaurant and why?
I love El Otro Cafe and Tacos Huicho because of their authentic Mexican cuisines. It reminds me of home and of course, my grandma’s delicious cooking.

How do you stay “cool” in the Arizona summers?
I do this by exploring different coffee shops during the daytime and in early morning/nights I go for runs.

What do you like about our winters and why?
It is never too cold to spend it outside. I like going on hikes, different local events, concerts, farmers’ markets, school events, anything!

What do you love most about living in Greater Phoenix?
Getting from one city to another pretty quickly due to our low traffic is definitely a huge plus!


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