Reyna Montoya was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and migrated to Arizona in 2003 fleeing violence. She is an undocumented/DACAmented social entrepreneur, community organizer, an educator and a dancer. She is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow, which enabled her to start Aliento. She also served in the first Teach For America DACA Advisory Board. Reyna holds bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Transborder Studies and a Dance minor from Arizona State University; she also holds an M.Ed in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University.
She has engaged in local, statewide and national platforms to advance justice for immigrant communities. In 2013, she was the lead organizer who prevented an immigration bus of undocumented immigrants from deportation in Phoenix, Ariz., for the first time in the nation’s history. In the same year, with the help of the community, she stopped her father’s deportation. She was also recognized as a 2017 #NBCLatino20, a 2017 Echoing Green Fellow, a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, and by the Muhammad Ali Center as the 2018 Humanitarian Recipient for Spirituality. She hopes to share her talents and skills with the community to co-create healing spaces, political change and leadership development of our immigrant youth and migrant families.