State Voices

Steven Montoya

Senior Director of State Capacity Building

Steven Montoya is State Voices’ Senior Director of State Capacity Building. He leads the effort to support States in developing their organizational capacity, advancing our strategic vision, and engaging in the virtuous cycle of building political power on behalf of impacted communities.

Prior to joining State Voices, Steven spent nearly a decade working on electoral campaigns ranging from mayoral to presidential, and spanning Puerto Rico to Alaska. He was a Wellstone trainer for five years – a time in which his impostor syndrome was on overdrive. In 2010, he took a bit of a left turn in order to join two friends in co-founding a medical relief NGO in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was formerly the National Campaigns Director with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, tasked with growing the political leadership of the AAPI community. Most recently, he has been helping #VOTEPROCHOICE support down-ballot pro-choice candidates win elected office.

Steven is an avid cyclist, a voracious reader, an unabashed dancer, and a recovering nomad. When not actively supporting people in tearing down systems of oppression, he can be found grilling authentic Texas barbecue or baking not-so-authentic New York cheesecake.

Letter from Alexis Anderson-Reed: All Black Lives Matter

The righteous rage demonstrated across the country is justified.

These uprisings are more than protest; they are a rebellion against white supremacy, racialized capitalism, a democracy that is not working, and the continued oppression, torture and murder of Black lives.

Impactful Leaders Foster Leadership in Others

At State Voices, we believe in the power of the collective and the power of transformational leadership. The best leaders are committed to amplifying more voices, supporting leadership in others, and building power with BIPOC communities.

Executive Directors of State Tables across the network exemplify these ideals. Several Executive Directors have joined State Voices over the last ten months, and they have so much to share about their collective vision for a more equitable world and a healthy democracy.

Electoral Justice and COVID-19 in Battleground States

The COVID-19 pandemic is illuminating injustices that have long existed in our society. This crisis underscores the need for a healthy democracy in which oppressed communities have a voice and get their needs met.

Learn about how a few State Tables across the country—like in Wisconsin, Nevada, Ohio, Georgia, Montana, and Louisiana—are pushing for electoral justice, mutual aid, and BIPOC political power during this time.