Our People

Pilar Montoya
Executive Director
The future depends on what we do in the present. - Gandhi
Carlsbad, California


Pilar brings over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit, communications, fundraising and social change fields to strengthen Resource Media’s foundation as a mission-driven communications organization committed to equity and racial justice. Pilar has been at the forefront of national social norm change initiatives, empowering communities to find their voice and take action. Focused on health, equity, justice, and sustainability, she brings coalitions together to help build healthy communities through advocacy, research, strategic communications, and policy change. Pilar is an inclusive leader, deeply committed to racial justice, and passionate about communications in service of social change.

Highlights & Background

Pilar founded a national advertising and public relations firm with a focus on multicultural communications, which she sold to a larger agency after leading the company for 14 years. She is the former CEO of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, where she helped the organization grow and expand, attracting new funding and building out new programs and initiatives designed to attract Hispanic and Latinx professionals into the STEM fields. She served as a Vice President with the San Diego Foundation, where she helped raise individual donations to create eight community foundations. Prior to founding a nationally acclaimed Hispanic advertising firm, she worked in television broadcasting and hosted a national Spanish language issues-oriented radio program. Pilar has been honored as the Top 100 Women in STEM by US News and World Reports, as Inspirational Leader of the Year by San Diego Magazine, with a California Assembly Resolution for efforts with Latino youth, an American Cancer Society volunteer award, the Child Abuse Prevention Council Volunteer of the Year Recognition, and was featured as a Woman in Leadership publication two years in a row.