Francisca Montoya serves as the Research & Planning Director at Raza Development Fund, the largest Latino community development institution in the U.S. providing lending to Latino serving non-profit organizations in healthcare, affordable housing, education and community facilities. Previously Ms. Montoya was employed with Friendly House, Inc., as Director of Strategic Development. Her recent experience includes working with MALDEF as Regional Director for the 2010 Census and Arizona Regional Director of the Cesar E. Chavez
Foundation where she was responsible for community relations, corporate fundraising, and
program and grants management. Her career has spanned 25 years of experience in non-
profit executive management.
Francisca is a graduate of Arizona State University where she majored in Secondary
Education and Health Policy. She is currently attending Penn State World Campus pursuing
an MPS in Community & Economic Development. Francisca is a graduate of Valle del Sol’s-Hispanic Leadership Institute, ASU’s Women’s Executive Leadership 2000 & Beyond
Program, and the MALDEF Latino Leadership Program. Francisca is also a graduate of
National Hispanic Corporate Council, Corporate Executive Leadership Program class of
2014. In 2008 she was selected by Cox Communications as Latino Leader in the Phoenix
market. In 2009 Francisca was honored with the Arizona Latina Trailblazers: Stories of
Courage, Hope & Determination Award by the Raul Castro Institute. In 2015 Francisca
received the School Board Member of the Year award from the Arizona Association of Latino
Administrators and Superintendents.
Francisca Montoya is a lifelong resident of Arizona and is the first in her family to attend
college. She has been active in the Latino community serving on various boards over the
past three decades. Currently she serves on the Fowler Elementary School District Board of
Directors, Maricopa County Planning & Zoning Commission; Friendly House, Inc. and the
Arizona Latino School Board Association.
Fowler Elementary School District