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.