Maria Burns Ortiz is co-founder and CEO of 7 Generation Games, creating immersive educational games and interactive apps that teach math, incorporating elements of social studies and language arts - in English and Spanish. As a leader of 7 Generation Games executive team, Maria has been instrumental in the company's success in both fundraising – 7 Generation Games has brought in over $1.6 million in funding to date – and new product development. 7 Generation Games has been generating monthly revenue since Year 1 and experienced 400% revenue growth year-over-year over its first two years.
In addition to day-to-day operations and staff management, Maria leads 7 Generation Games creative and game design teams. A New York Times best-selling author, she is responsible for conceptualizing and expanding game storyline, ensuring narrative is engaging, cohesive and age-appropriate while moving the game forward and incorporating curricular content.
She is the co-author if the international bestseller “My Fight/Your Fight” with Ronda Rousey, which has been translated into eight languages with the film rights acquired by Paramount Pictures. Previous to founding 7 Generation Games, Maria was an award-winning journalist, most recently serving as a columnist for ESPN.com and Fox News Latino. She has been
named to Newspapers in Education's “Faces of the Future: Hispanics Who Will Influence the World” and recognized by El Planeta as one of the 100 Massachusetts' Most Influential People for Hispanics.
She was an adjunct professor at Emerson College and visiting lecturer at Tufts University and has previous startup experience as the co-founder of Evrybit.