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2016 SBA Regina Montoya

Regina Montoya, 2016 Susan B. Anthony Awardee

Regina Montoya Regina Montoya is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and is the Chair of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings' Task Force on Poverty.

Ms. Montoya is currently working on a book about the importance of incorporating Latinos into the economic, political and social fabric of America, and she is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of issues including health care, poverty, diversity and children.

Ms. Montoya earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, where she is a Trustee Emerita, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She served as vice president and elected director of the Harvard University Alumni Association.

Ms. Montoya has been nationally recognized as one of the top lawyers in the country and was one of the first Latinas to earn partnership in a major corporate law firm in the United States. She is also a former award-winning television commentator.

In the 1990s, Ms. Montoya served in the White House as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and 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. She was the chief executive officer of the New America Alliance, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the economic advancement of the American Latino community. From 2009 through 2014, Ms. Montoya served as the Senior Vice President, External Relations and General Counsel at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, the seventh-largest pediatric health care provider in the nation.

Recently, Ms. Montoya received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Minority Counsel Program of the State Bar of Texas. In addition, Ms. Montoya was awarded

  • the Latina Lawyer of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association
  • the Women's Advocacy Award from Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas
  • 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.

A leader in the non-profit community, Ms. Montoya is a member of the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. (National Board), the Texas Book Festival, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Dallas ChildCareGroup, the Texas Business Hall of Fame, the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, and the Dallas Friday Group. She also serves on the Texas Lyceum Advisory Council.

Ms. Montoya has received numerous awards for her corporate, philanthropic and non-profit accomplishments. She has received the Harvard Alumni Association Award, the Service to Women and Girls Award from Play Like a Girl, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Real Woman Award, and the Dallas Minority Business Leaders Award from the Dallas Business Journal. Ms. Montoya has been recognized by numerous publications for her achievements, including Hispanic Executive Magazine, which features her on the cover in 2014; Hispanic Business Magazine, where she was twice named as one of the Top 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S.; Hispanic Enterprise Magazine, in which she was named one of the Top 20 Leading Latinas in Business; and the Dallas Business Journal, which named her to its list of Top 25 Industry Leaders.