Dave Montez, Chief of Staff

Dave Montez serves as GLAAD's Chief of Staff. He most recently served as senior program officer at the Gill Foundation, one of the nation’s leading funders of LGBT advocacy efforts. He oversaw the foundation’s Latino Initiative, which is designed to build lasting alliances between LGBT people and Latinos. The projects and relationships established through his work have led to several national and state Latino organizations endorsing marriage equality and several LGBT organizations pushing for immigration reform. Through the Latino Initiative, Montez also oversaw a seminal project to establish a values connection with the Latino community on LGBT issues. The results of this project now serve as the basis for many public education campaigns focusing on Latinos. He also worked with the Director of Allies and Institutions with the goal of building broad support for LGBT equality. Previously, Montez managed a portfolio of grants to state-based LGBT organizations working to achieve policy change at the state and local level.

Before joining the Gill Foundation, he was a research development officer at the University of Colorado, Denver, where he prepared grant proposals to state and national foundations and agencies. He also researched and reviewed funding opportunities and contracts for faculty members. Montez also worked for the Latino/a Research & Policy Center where he planned and implemented all center-sponsored events.

Montez speaks Spanish and holds a BA in journalism/public relations from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He was a gubernatorial appointee to a board which oversaw an average of $40 million in grant funding annually to arts, science, and cultural institutions in the Denver Metro Area. He was appointed by the Mayor of Denver to the civilian board overseeing the police and sheriff's departments. He is also a graduate of Leadership Denver, where he helped raise money and resources to remodel a youth homeless shelter in Denver.