Patricia Montes

Patricia Montes HeadshotPatricia is the Executive Director of Centro Presente. She arrived in the US from her native Honduras in 2003. Upon arriving to the Boston area, she joined Perfiles, a local Spanish-language periodical, working as a reporter to cover stories of importance to the Latino community. Through journalism, she came into contact with Centro Presente, and immediately identified with its mission. She signed up as a member and soon thereafter joined Centro Presente’s Board of Directors in 2004, becoming Board President in 2005. Later she joined the staff as a community organizer. Her stellar performance led to her promotion as Community Organizing Director and her subsequent election as Executive Director by the Board in 2008.She currently is Board Chair of the Boston Women's Fund and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) and the Salvadoran-American National Network (SANN). She has also earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the Boston University School of Management.

In her native Honduras, Patricia earned a degree in journalism from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras. She worked in public relations and communications in both government agencies and non-governmental organizations in Honduras, as well as in television production for over six years. During that time she had the opportunity to engage in national civic engagement campaigns with Caritas, a social services organization affiliated with the Catholic Church that advocates for the poor and oppressed. While managing communications for the national office, Patricia gained experience in the defense of human rights, the development and promotion of civil society, as well as strategic project design, management and evaluation. These experiences also helped to form her political consciousness and dedication to social and economic justice. She has been a part of the leadership of the Women's Pipeline for Change since 2011.