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Regina Montoya

Attorney, TV Commentator & Latina Advocate
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Biography

Regina Montoya is a Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Children's Medical Center Dallas. In her role at Children's, Montoya oversees several major departments, including legal affairs, governance, governmental relations/advocacy, and community relations.

A former award-winning television commentator, Montoya is a Harvard-trained attorney who was one of the first Latinas to earn partnership in a major law firm in the United States. She is currently working on a book about the importance of incorporating Latinas into the economic, political, and social fabric of America.

In 1993, she served in the White House as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In 1998, she was nominated by the President to serve as a US Representative to the 53rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Most recently, she was Chief Executive Officer of the New America Alliance, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the economic advancement of the American Latino community.

A leader in the nonprofit community, from 1996 to 2000 Montoya was the volunteer National President of Girls Incorporated. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), the National Advisory Board of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and the Board of Directors of the Dallas Friday Group.

In 2008, Montoya received the La Luz Achievement Award from the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association and the Pioneer for Justice Award from the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Bar Foundation. In 2007, she was named the Latina Lawyer of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association. Montoya has been recognized by numerous publications for her achievements, including Hispanic Business magazine, which recently named her one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the US, and Hispanic Enterprise magazine, where she was named one of the Top 20 Leading Latinas in Business.

Montoya earned her BA from Wellesley College, where she is a Trustee Emerita, and her JD from Harvard Law School. She also has served as Vice President and Elected Director of the Harvard University Alumni Association.

Topics

Latinos: America's Growing Voice

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