Victoria Ortiz is an attorney and the former dean of students at several law schools, including the School of Law of the University of California, Berkeley. She is a published translator and the author of a wide variety of nonfiction works for adults, teens, and children. These include a young adult biography of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; a Spanish-language casebook for law students and legal professionals; a young adult biography of Sojourner Truth; translations from French and Spanish into English, as well as English into Spanish, of short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, for adults and children.
Drawing on her fluency in three languages, she has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. She has also worked as a high school French and Spanish teacher; trilingual "greeter" for international travelers for the Travelers' Aid Society; teacher of humanities subject matter to Spanish-speaking adult trade union members; and trilingual tour guide at the United Nations in New York City. She currently lives with her wife in Berkeley, CA.