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.

Announcing New Members to the State Voices Board

We’re excited to announce that four incredible advocates, change makers, and social justice champions have been unanimously voted to join the State Voices Board.

Sommer Foster Joins Michigan Voices to Build BIPOC Political Power

Sommer Foster has been a racial justice and pro-Black champion in Michigan for some time. We’re excited to announce that Sommer will join Tameka Ramsey as the new Co-Executive Director of Michigan Voices.

COVID-19 Updates for Our Collective Health and Safety

We’re grateful to everyone demanding paid leave for all, BIPOC leaders organizing mutual aid projects, and people advocating for incarcerated people.

State Voices is following the lead of these incredible organizers, and we’re also updating much of our programs for our collective health and safety.