Ana M. Montes joined TURN in April, 2008 as Organizing Director. She has 12 years of consumer advocacy experience as Director of Technology and Consumer Education at the Latino Issues Forum. In that role she created an innovative model for bringing technology to low income and minority communities, developed community civic engagement in limited English speaking communities and managed statewide consumer education projects geared towards Latino and Asian Communities.
A published poet, Montes has also worked as a teacher of La Raza Studies at San Francisco State University and as an editor and columnist with EL TECOLOTE, a bilingual newspaper in San Francisco She has testified on the Digital Divide in Sacramento and Washington D.C. and has given presentations at numerous technology conferences and forums.
Montes serves on the board of directors of several community based organizations, El Concilio of San Mateo County, Accion Latina, Consumers Union: Hear Us Now and the California Community Technology Policy Group. Montes received her BA in Journalism/La Raza Studies from San Francisco State University. She is also a graduate of the California-based Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), an institute that trains Latina women to run for political office.