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Francisca Montoya

Director of Community Development & Special Projects

Francisca Montoya serves as the Community Development & Special Projects Director at Raza Development Fund. 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 with a BS in Health Policy.  She is currently doing graduate studies at Penn State World Campus pursuing a MA, having completed the Professional Graduate Certificate in Community and Economic Development.  Francisca Montoya is a lifelong resident of Arizona and is the first in her family to attend college.  She has been active in the community serving on various boards over the past three decades.  Currently she serves on the Fowler Elementary School Governing Board, Maricopa County Planning & Zoning Commission; Marisol Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, Arizona Latino School Board Association; and recently Co-Chaired the 2021- Friendly House 100th Year Anniversary.  In 2022 she was appointed by Mayor & Council to the City of Phoenix, South Mountain Village Planning Committee.  

Accomplishments:  

  • Graduate of Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute 
  • Graduate of ASU’s Women’s Executive Leadership 2000 & Beyond Program  
  • Graduate of MALDEF Latino Leadership Program  
  • Graduate of National Hispanic Corporate Council 
  • Corporate Executive Leadership Program class of 2014 
  • ASU’s President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness in 2004 
  • Recognized by Cox Communications as Latina Leader in the Phoenix market in 2008  
  • Arizona Latina Trailblazers: Stories of Courage, Hope & Determination Award by the Raul Castro Institute 2009  
  • School Board Member of the Year award from the Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents 2016  
  • Earned Design Builders Award by Sources of Design Magazine in 2019 
  • ASU Los Diablos Alumni Association Woman of the Year Award 2022