Ana Montero, Chief Recovery Executive Officer, American Red Cross
As a recovery executive for the American Red Cross, Ana Montero oversees the Hurricane Maria Long Term Recovery Program in Puerto Rico. A native of Puerto Rico, Ana contributed to the Red Cross relief efforts after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, serving in external relations leadership positions. In the aftermath of Super storm Sandy, as Assistant Commissioner to overseeing housing programs for the State of New Jersey she led the State housing task force to assist individuals displaced by the disaster. Her experience in disaster response coupled with her ability to convene stakeholders to develop innovative cross sector solutions, make her uniquely skilled to lead the Red Cross Puerto Rico recovery program.
Ana previously served as regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross New Jersey Region, home to 8.9 million residents and the most densely populated state in the country. In her role Ana was responsible for all Red Cross disaster services, volunteer management, service to the Armed Forces, fundraising and external relations within the state.
Montero joined the Red Cross in 2014 as chief operating officer for the Los Angeles Region. She was responsible for overseeing the region’s overall operations and facilities, as well as leading various Red Cross programs. Her work with Prepare SoCal Campaign involved prioritization and inclusion of communities most vulnerable to disaster, a significant percentage of which included the Hispanic community.
Prior to the Red Cross, Montero served as assistant commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs beginning in April of 2012. During her 14 years in public service, Montero also served as Executive Director within both the Department of Labor & Workforce Development and the Department of Human Services. She has been credited for her work on numerous statewide and multi-state partnerships related to community redevelopment, historic preservation, STEM initiatives, industry-retention efforts and youth development programs.
Montero graduated from The College of New Jersey and holds a law degree from Rutgers Univesity. She is a 2016 Presidio Institute Fellow and Lead New Jersey 2003 Fellow.