Arthritis Foundation Selects Michael Ortman as Board Chair

Comcast executive brings marketing, media expertise to national nonprofit organization

November 24, 2014
ATLANTA − The Arthritis Foundation today announced the selection of Michael Ortman as the chair of its board of directors. Ortman has served on the board of the national organization since 2011, and is the immediate past chair of the Arthritis Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic region.

“The Arthritis Foundation is fortunate to have Michael as the new chair of its board of directors,” said Ann M. Palmer, president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. “Through his involvement at both the regional and national levels he has demonstrated a passion for improving the lives of the 50 million people affected by arthritis. His marketing expertise and the experience he brings from a global media and technology company will also be invaluable for our organization. I look forward to working with him and our entire board of directors as we continue to address the foundation’s four priority areas of advocacy and access, help and support, scientific discovery and juvenile arthritis.”

Ortman currently serves as vice president of content strategy and operations for Comcast Cable’s residential service group. He helps lead the development of market strategies for Comcast’s video products, and oversees the day-to-day platform operations of the company’s video services, including its signature Xfinity On Demand service. 

“It’s an honor to be selected as chair of the Arthritis Foundation’s board of directors,” said Ortman. “The Foundation truly makes a difference in the lives of people with arthritis and I look forward to influencing policies and developing strategies to enhance the lives of those affected by the nation’s number one cause of disability.”

Ortman has spent more than half of his 30+ year television career at Comcast.  He served in various field leadership roles after joining the company in 1996, and has assumed ever-expanding responsibilities in the marketing and programming arenas since that time. He joined the corporate team in 2011. Prior to joining Comcast, Ortman ran his own consulting company, which negotiated hundreds of television distribution agreements, broadcast syndication deals and national programming contracts.  

Ortman has been honored with numerous awards and industry recognition.  He is a member of the Virginia Cable Hall of Fame and was honored with the Richard Bodorff MHz Award from Commonwealth Public Broadcasting for his support of the organization’s focus on international and multicultural education and understanding. He also was honored with the prestigious Lucille Larkin Lifetime Achievement Award by Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT). Ortman earned his BBA from the University of Notre Dame.

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation ( is the largest and most trusted nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs and challenges of those living with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Since 1948, the Foundation has remained committed to leading groundbreaking research for better treatments and a cure; fighting for patients’ access to affordable and effective health care; and providing trusted information and resources to the more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with the disease.

I Want to Contribute
I Need Help
  • Donate


    Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life.

  • Volunteer


    Join us and become a Champion of Yes. There are many volunteer opportunities available.

  • Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis.

  • Partner


    Proud Partners of the Arthritis Foundation make an annual commitment to directly support the Foundation’s mission.


Ways to Give

Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

Make a Donation

Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

Become a Member

Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20 and you'll receive access to helpful tools..... and more. 

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

Gift Planning

I want information on ways to remember the AF in my will, trust or other financial planning vehicles.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

Become a Volunteer

More About Volunteering


Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

Get Started


Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.