"What Being Latina Means to  Me"
Jul 22, 2021
Regina Montoya
"What Being Latina Means to Me"

Regina Montoya Attorney & Community leader is the CEO & Chairperson of Regina T. Montoya, Regina Montoya is the CEO and Chairperson of Regina T. Montoya, PLLC. She is a Harvard-trained attorney who was one of the first Latinas to earn partnership in a major corporate law firm in the U.S. 

In 1993, Ms. Montoya served in the White House as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, where she was the highest-ranking Hispanic in the White House. In 1998, she was nominated by the President to serve as a U.S. Representative to the 53rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Ms. Montoya ran for Congress in 2000, one of the first Latinas to run for Congress in Texas. Although unsuccessful in this bid, she paved the way for other women to run for office and became a mentor and advisor to many. 

Over the last several years, Ms. Montoya’s unique experiences have been tapped by many to shape and influence public policy. The former Mayor of Dallas asked her to chair his Task Force on Poverty, and she was recruited to serve as the chief executive officer of the New America Alliance, whose mission is to promote the economic advancement of the American Latino community. 

Ms. Montoya is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation, the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Every Texan, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, Dallas Education Foundation, the League of Women Voters of Dallas, Executive Women of Dallas and the SMU Tate Lecture Series. She serves on the Advisory Board of Foreign Policy for America. She is a National Co-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and a Board member of the Latino Victory Fund and Emerge America (Secretary of the Board). 

Ms. Montoya earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, where she is a Trustee Emerita, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.