Founder, Lorena Ortiz Schneider, graduated from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey (MIIS) with a Master’s in Translation and Conference Interpretation in 1992. Fueled by a passion for facilitating understanding among people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Lorena began her career as a liaison and seminar interpreter with the U.S. Department of State.
With a move to Santa Barbara, California, Ortiz Schneider Interpreting & Translation was founded to serve the local community of doctors, lawyers, and limited English proficient individuals in 1999. The company flourished thanks to Lorena's care and attention, her husband Martin's early involvement and support, and later, that of her two sons. Most recently her son, Leo, has taken on a significant role in operations and general management.
Over the course of 20 years, Ortiz Schneider has expanded services across 200 languages and diverse verticals, and continues to provide quality language solutions for clients throughout California, as well as to customers across the nation and globe.
In addition, Ortiz Schneider has been a leading advocate for the professional language service industry, through leadership in organizations such as the American Translators Association (ATA), the Association of Language Companies (ALC), the Coalition of Practicing Translators and Interpreters (CoPTIC), among others.