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For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 23, 2009

Contact: Cheryl Aguilar 703-527-6007, ext 16.

The National Hispana Leadership Institute Congratulates 1992 Alumna for Recent Appointment to Serve in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management


(Washington, DC) Elizabeth A. (Liz) Montoya, a well respected and highly recognized leader in the government and corporate arenas, has been selected to serve as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), the premier leadership organization for Latinas, congratulates and supports Liz Montoya for this well deserved appointment.

Her more than 20 years executive experience, combined with her impeccable leadership skills, sharp understanding of human resources management practices, intellect and passion, make her a great asset to the U.S. Office of Personal Management.

Liz Montoya’s trajectory is an indication of her hard work and determination. Montoya has served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy, as Associate Deputy Administrator for the Small Business Administration and Associate Director of Personnel and Special Assistant to the President. Most recently, Montoya worked at Sealaska Corporation as senior advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer in the areas of human resources, corporate strategic planning and program development. She also served on the President’s transition team for the U.S. Department of Energy.

We are proud of Liz Montoya, a 1992 graduate of NHLI’s Executive Leadership Program, for all her accomplishments.  

In the last two decades, she has utilized her knowledge, skills and leadership to inform our communities, mentor many Latinos, and serve as a positive role model for other Latinas. Montoya, along with other distinguished NHLI alumnae, was essential in NHLI’s launch of the Campaign to Ensure Latina Inclusion in the New Administration (CELINA).  Montoya participated in the first telephonic conference sharing with hundreds of Latinas from across the nation how to apply to the new administration. Through the CELINA campaign, NHLI has been working to elevate the visibility of qualified Latinas among the lists of candidates for consideration to key government positions.

The nomination and appointment of Hispanic women to key posts in the new administration demonstrates the political, community, and economic impact that Latinas are having. NHLI applauds President Obama for the ongoing effort to reflect the diversity of the 2008 electorate in his administration.



The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) is a national leadership development organization focused on Latina leaders. For more than 20 years, NHLI has developed hundreds of Latina leaders who have gone on to become elected officials, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, executives at non-profits and powerful decision makers. Founded  in 1987 to address the disparity of representation of Latinas in leadership, NHLI’s mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical world leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, and community activism.