Regina Montoya is a Harvard-trained attorney who has been nationally recognized as one of the top lawyers in the country. She was one of the first Latinas to earn partnership in a major corporate law firm in the United States, and she is a former award-winning television commentator. She is currently working on a book about the importance of incorporating Latinas into the economic, political and social fabric of America, and she is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of issues including health care, poverty, diversity and children.
In 1993, she served in the White House as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In 1998, she was nominated by the President to serve as a U.S. Representative to the 53rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Most recently, Regina served for five years as the Senior Vice President, External Relations and General Counsel at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, the seventh-largest pediatric health care provider in the nation. Prior to joining Children’s in 2009, she was the chief executive officer of the New America Alliance, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the economic advancement of the American Latino community.
A leader in the nonprofit community, Regina is a co-chair of the Dallas Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Girls Inc. (National Board), the Texas Book Festival, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), the ChildCareGroup, the General Counsel Forum DFW Chapter, the Texas Business Hall of Fame and the Dallas Friday Group, and she serves on the Texas Lyceum Advisory Council. She has served on numerous nonprofit Boards of Directors, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Volunteer Center of North Texas, the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Parkland Foundation (Chair of the Board), Leadership Dallas Alumni Association and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. In addition, Regina was the volunteer National President of Girls Incorporated from 1996 to 2000.
In 2013, Regina received the Service to Women and Girls Award from Play Like a Girl and in 2011, Regina received the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Real Woman Award, the Dallas Minority Business Leaders Award from the Dallas Business Journal and the Women’s Advocacy Award from Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. In 2010, Regina received the Harvard Alumni Association Award, and she was named to the Top 25 Industry Leaders list by the Dallas Business Journal. In 2008, Regina received the La Luz Achievement Award from the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association and the Pioneer for Justice Award from the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Bar Foundation; and in 2007, she was named the Latina Lawyer of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association. Regina has been recognized by numerous publications for her achievements, including Hispanic Business magazine, which twice named her one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the US and Hispanic Enterprise magazine, where she was named one of the Top 20 Leading Latinas in Business.
Regina earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, where she is a Trustee Emerita, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also has served as vice president and elected director of the Harvard University Alumni Association. She is married to Paul Coggins, Rhodes Scholar, novelist, partner with the law firm of Locke Lord, and a former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.