Board of Directors

Executive Commitee

Regina Montoya

Regina Montoya
(Dallas, TX)

Regina Montoya is a Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. In her role at Children’s, Regina oversees several major departments, including legal affairs, governance, governmental relations/advocacy and community relations.

Regina is a Harvard-trained attorney who was one of the first Latinas to earn partnership in a major law firm in the United States, and she is a former award-winning television commentator. She is currently working on a book about the importance of incorporating Latinas into the economic, political and social fabric of America.

In 1993, she served in the White House as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In 1998, she was nominated by the President to serve as a U.S. Representative to the 53 rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Most recently, 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.

A leader in the nonprofit community, from 1996 to 2000 Regina was the volunteer National President of Girls Incorporated. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the General Counsel Forum DFW Chapter, the Dallas Friday Group and the National Advisory Board of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

In 2010, Regina was named to the Top 25 Industry Leaders list by the Dallas Business Journal; and in 2008, Regina received 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. In 2007, she was named the Latina Lawyer of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association. Regina has been recognized by numerous publications for her achievements, including Hispanic Business magazine, which named her one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the US in 2009 and Hispanic Enterprise magazine, where she was named one of the Top 20 Leading Latinas in Business.

Regina earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, where she is a Trustee Emerita, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also has served as vice president and elected director of the Harvard University Alumni Association. She is married to Paul Coggins, Rhodes Scholar, novelist and former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

1st Vice Chair
William Candelaria
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP
(New York, NY)

2nd Vice Chair
Mary Rose Wilcox
Former Supervisor
County of Maricopa
(Phoenix, AZ)

3rd Vice Chair
Raul Lomeli-Azoubel
Executive Chairman and Co-Founder
(San Antonio, TX)

Secretary / Treasurer, Fiscal & Investment Committee Chair
Hector Cuellar
Gassó Capital Markets, LLC
(Newport Coast, CA)

Governance & Nominations Committee Chair
Enrique Chavez, Jr.
Principal and Founder
Chavez Law Firm
(El Paso, TX)

Audit Committee Chair
Marcus Allen
Englander, Knabe, & Allen
(Los Angeles, CA)

Development Committee Chair
Aracely Muñoz Petrich
Vice-President of Strategic Development
Minority Corporate Counsel Association
(Washington, D.C.)

Program & Planning Committee Chair
Laura Flores Cantrell
Senior Program Officer
Washington Dental Service Foundation<
(Seattle, WA)

President & General Counsel
Thomas A. Saenz
(Los Angeles, CA)

General Members

Maria Antonietta Berriozabal
Community Activist
(San Antonio, TX)

Martin J. Chavez, Esq.
Ibarra Strategy Group
Former Mayor, Albuquerque, NM
(Washington, D.C.)

Margarita Flores
VP of Community Affairs (ret.)
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
(St. Louis, MO)

Gabriel Fuentes
Jenner & Block, LLP
(Chicago, IL)

Bill Lann Lee
Senior Counsel
Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Berkeley, CA

Lillian Rodriguez Lopez
Director of Latin Affairs
Coca-Cola Company
(Atlanta, GA)

Loretta P. Martinez
General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Metropolitan State University of Denver
(Denver, CO)

Gloria Molina
Former Supervisor
County of Los Angeles
(Los Angeles, CA)

Fabian Nuñez
Mercury LLC
(Sacramento, CA)

Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez
Executive Director
Enlace Comunitario
(Albuquerque, NM)

Allan Tanenbaum
General Counsel and Managing Partner
Equicorp Partners LLC
(Atlanta, GA)

Dr. Cynthia Telles
Clinical Professor and Director
Department of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine
(Los Angeles, CA)

Leticia Van de Putte
Former State Representative
City of San Antonio
(San Antonio, TX)

Alex Vasquez
Associate General Counsel Corporate Affairs
Wal-Mart Legal Department
(Bentonville, AR)

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