DANR Chairman Nestor Montilla, Sr. honored by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

-Ceremony recognizes leaders and the many contributions they have made in our society-

On Thursday, February 26, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted his annual Dominican Heritage Celebration at Salsa Con Fuego, honoring several individuals who have contributed greatly to their community. Pictured are: Rosa Garcia, Nestor Montilla Sr., Borough President Diaz, Council Member Julissa Ferreras, Hon. Victor Compres and Hon. Cecilia Santana.
Nestor Montilla, Sr.
Nestor Montilla, Sr.

 Source: Bronx Borough President’s Office


Bronx, NY  (February 26, 2015).–Nestor Montilla, Sr., Director of Corporate & Community Development at Lehman College of The City University of New York, and Chairman of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), was honored by Ruben Diaz, Jr., President of the Borough of the Bronx.

The Bronx Borough President’s honoring ceremony took place on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at noon at Salsa con Fuego Restaurant – Lounge on 2297 Cedar Avenue, Bronx, NY.

Other honorees included NYC Council Member Julissa Ferreras, and Businesswoman Rosa Garcia, and Victor Compres and Cecilia Santana from the Dominican Republic’s Consulate in New York City. Mistress of Ceremonies was Anchor Victoria Sosa from Telemundo, Channel 47.

About Nestor Montilla, Sr.

Montilla graduated with honors from Hostos Community College, and also earned with honors both a Bachelor’s degree and a MASTER OF Public Administration with specialization in Human Resources and Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York (CUNY). He also pursued law studies at Eastern Central University, and Ph.D. studies in political science with concentration in American Government and Public Policy at the City University Graduate School and University Center (He is pending completion of his DOCTORATE in Philosophy).

Since the mid 1990’s, Montilla has held several positions at CUNY ranging from academic tutor, college assistant and faculty member to various levels of management and HIGHER EDUCATION leadership positions, including Television Producer for Public Affairs, Assistant Director for International PROGRAMS and Community Relations, Director of Public Relations, Director of Development, Director of Special Events for Corporate Development, and most recently Director of Corporate & Community Development.

His publications and research studies include BOOKS, academic essays and documentaries about Dominican Identity, the US redistricting process, Latino political incorporation in USA, and the immigration experience in the Americas. His CREDITS also include short documentaries ‘Jewish Refugees in Sosua,’ ‘Dominicans in Rhode Island,’ ‘Arabs in the Dominican Republic,’ ‘African Americans in Samana,’ ‘Puerto Ricans in the Dominican Republic,’ ‘Los Panfleteros de Santiago,’ ‘New Jersey Dominicans’ and among others, ‘The Dominican List.’ His CREDITS also include Emmy Award nominations, recognizing excellence in the television industry, and conceptualizing a television series about Latinos in New York, which has won multiple nominations and Emmy Awards.

Montilla, a former member of Bronx Community Board 5 and Manhattan Community Board 12, is an expert and spokesperson on immigration for the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), and a proud volunteer of the CUNY/ Daily News Annual Citizenship NOW! Call-In drive dedicated to assisting immigrants in the Tri-State Area and beyond with their immigration matters.

Montilla’s portfolio and community commitments includes being candidate for the United States Congress; leading state-wide and national advocacy organizations dedicated to the socio-economic and civic advancement of U.S. multicultural communities, and extensive experience spearheading national advocacy conferences and strategic initiatives such as national redistricting projects, census, immigration and citizenship drives and legislative/policy advocacy campaigns in Washington, DC.

Montilla is currently Chairman and past President of The Dominican American National Roundtable, the only nationwide nonpartisan, nonprofit corporation advocating for the advancement of over 1.6 million Dominicans residing in the United States. He is also an executive committee member of the Latino Leadership Alliance (LLANJ), the largest and only nonpartisan organization in the State of New Jersey advocating for the socio-economic and political advancement of Latinos.

He is married to Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, President of the Institute for Latino Studies, Research & Development.


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