Morgan Ortagus – biography

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The Story of a Strong Woman Morgan Ortagus

Morgan Ortagus is a diplomat, a business consultant and an officer of the naval reserve. Throughout her career she has focused on market development and financial services. She served as a Deputy at the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia and holds a master’s degree in business administration and a degree in counter-insurgency, marked “excellent”.


Morgan’s parents come from a town in Polk County, Florida. Ronnie, the girl’s father, was the owner of several Florida franchises, as well as the company “Service Master”, providing cleaning and restoration services. And Daniella, the girl’s mother, was a business executive.

Education and career

Morgan Ortagus successfully graduated from South Florida College, studying in the departments of business and economics, and history and political science, where she also received a bachelor of political science degree with an “excellent” mark.

At the age of 30 she received a master’s degree in public administration from Johns Hopkins University, one of the oldest research universities in the Western hemisphere. There, she conducted independent research, often in collaboration with leading scientists.

She received a diploma in the field of counter-insurgency.

Before “Go Advisors” was formed, the young woman helped to found the “EY Geostrategic Business Group”, and till these days she is its senior consultant. Before that she provided management services for a global relationship “Standard Chartered Bank” group of the public sector, which covers customers in Eurasia and the African continent.

Morgan’s public service began as a PR Manager at the U.S. Agency for international development. The post involved travelling, and in 2007 she had to leave for several months for Baghdad, Iraq. There she worked with a co-founder of “GO Advisory” S. Vinogradova.

Over the next two years, Morgan worked in the Department of intelligence and analysis under the Treasury Department. As an intelligence analyst, she was engaged in the search for and identification of particularly dangerous terrorists from the list of the UN Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999).

She has been working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom’s Ministry of Finance since 2010. In this position, she worked with the government of the state, with the objective of stopping  illicit financial flows in and from the Kingdom. For the Treasury, she was the main link in the Arabian Peninsula.

Achievements and Positions Held

Morgan Ortagus took the place of the Vice-President of the service Committee of American friends (IASC) in Washington. The organization serves the community. Within the organization, Morgan advocates for justice reform in Afghanistan.

Morgan holds the position of the head of JHU. She is also a member of the cancer council task force and is actively involved in the work of the sanctions group.

She is a Member of the Committee for the study of the development of war, is active as the co-chair of PSV Maverick and a board member of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

Ortagus holds an Advisory position at Concordia University, where she actively contributes to the development of diplomacy, strategy and security programs for the organization.

Morgan’s active public position does not go unnoticed. She continues to receive new job offers. People who know her think it is principled and predict  a great future in politics for her.

Married life

Morgan got married at the age of 35. The marriage was performed by the judge Ruth Ginsburg in the Supreme Court of the city. After that, the young couple held a wedding ceremony in the Jewish traditions at the “Four Seasons Hotel Washington”.

Morgan’s husband is 36 years old Jonathan R. Weinberger. His mother, Judith Weinberger, is a well-known psychotherapist in Pennsylvania. She’s helping teenagers. Jonathan’s father Jerry Weinberger is  a partner at the law firms Leg, Appleton, Weinberger & Wren.

At the time of registration of marriage, Jonathan held the position of Deputy coordinator of the members of the Washington Committee of the company Veedims, Florida, which created a platform for developers. Prior to that, he was an Executive Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

Weinberger got a master’s degree of international relations. He received this degree at George Washington University, thanks to which he professionally realized himself in the economic sphere. After graduating from GU, he also received a law degree.

Today Morgan Ortagus is a national security analyst and a geopolitical. She is a member of a non-profit, non-partisan organization that aims to create effective public-private partnerships for a more prosperous and sustainable future.

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