Yadira Montoya

Yadira Montoya’s work focuses on advancing health equity and racial justice. She has over fifteen years of experience across multiple sectors, including academia, non-profit, and philanthropy. In 2019, she was recognized as a Culture of Health Leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for her leadership in community efforts that improve aging equity and the health and wellbeing of Latinx dementia family caregivers.

Prior to joining the National Alliance for Caregiving, Yadira served as a Program Officer at the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. In this role, she oversaw the Foundation’s health portfolio and worked to increase access to primary care and reducing health care disparities for Chicago’s low-income residents. Prior to Fry, Yadira was a Research Scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago where she led and supported a broad range of research studies focused aging, public health, and participatory methods for clients in the nonprofit, government, and philanthropic sectors.

Yadira plays a leadership role in many Chicago-based aging and caregiving organization. She is a founding member of La BROCHA an innovative community arts program for Latinx older adults, especially individuals with dementia and Parkinson’s disease, living in disinvested communities. She currently sits on several boards and committees, including the Alzheimer’s Coalition for Advocacy, Research, and Education and Solutions for Care.

Yadira earned her Bachelor’s in Community Health and Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Director of Programs