Laura Montoya was elected Sandoval County Treasurer in 2012. She has been a public servant for more than 10 years, having worked in several capacities in both the New Mexico House of Representatives and the New Mexico Senate.
Montoya got her start in government in 2001, working for a ranking member of the Senate Finance committee. Following that, Montoya worked as a Constituent Services Representative for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. At the time, she was the youngest Hispanic woman working in that capacity in the United States, managing five counties in Northern New Mexico.
Most relevant to the position of County Treasurer, Montoya served as the Executive Assistant to State Treasurer Douglas M. Brown. In this role, Montoya reviewed and updated the policies in the Treasurer's office to the state standards. She also worked with the Treasurer's investment committee and worked directly with tribal government personnel, processing the receipt of revenues from the tribal gaming compacts. Part of her responsibility was to streamline the processes of the treasurer's office. Montoya played a key role in assisting with the transition from Treasurer Douglas M. Brown to Treasurer James B. Lewis.
Montoya began her term as Sandoval County Treasurer assisting with the passage of two pieces of legislation:
Montoya's philosophy is, "As a community we will grow, as a team we will progress."
Her goals for the Treasurer's Office are to provide high-quality customer service; broaden accessibility; efficiency, transparency and accountability; continue profitable investments; and provide a positive, team-oriented work environment.
Laura was born and raised in Las Vegas, New Mexico, where she graduated from Robertson High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science and Psychology from New Mexico Highlands University, and later earned a master's degree in Public Affairs. She was a 2003 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and studied International Relations at the University of Costa Rica.
She dedicates much of her free time to working with programs for children, at-risk youth and families of incarcerated individuals. She has a special affinity for the Corrales Safe Routes to Schools Program, which developed a nationally recognized program at Corrales Elementary and Cottonwood Montessori Schools that focuses on building healthier communities through exercise, health and strong community relationships.