Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett

Executive Director of GACLA




Maria Montero
Govvernor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs

Maria Montero is a first generation American, born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Maria is a graduate of Marian Catholic, St. Joseph's University and Widener Law with a concentration in Law & Government. Maria worked in the area of Worker's Compensation Law. Afterwards her focus was family bound, raising her family and managing El Torero Spanish Newspaper. Maria moved into business management for Abbott Laboratories where she was a top performer and member of the President’s Council. Maria’s passion is public service and civic engagement. Whether it was being the President of the Catholic Youth Organization, being the first woman to coach and win the Tamaqua Little League Championship or being the only woman in leadership as Asst. Chair in her county Republican Party, Maria's goals are based in service.

Maria is a Co-founder of the Lehigh Valley based Power of Women Networking Initiative, dedicated to providing opportunities for women to reach their business goals and potential. She is a graduate of the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series which is committed to civic preparedness for women. In the Lehigh Valley, Maria sought to share American culture, history & English proficiency to the Valley’s many newcomers through a column named Aprenda Con Maria (Learn with Maria). She was a member of the Allentown Puerto Rican Parade Committee, served on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs under Governor Ridge and was George W. Bush’s Lehigh Valley Latino Liaison.

Governor Corbett's team recognized Maria's service milestones, passion for Women's leadership and commitment to the Latino community and asked her to serve as the Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Commission for Women (PCW) and the Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) in December 2011.


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