TechLatino: LISTA National Chair
Mr. Montero was an appointed member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age. He has served as the Director of the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities. While at the FCC, Mr. Montero worked extensively with industry, trade associations, financing institutions, and governmental agencies to create business opportunities for entrepreneurs, start-ups and other small businesses in the telecommunications and technology sectors. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Montero was a partner with the Washington communications law firm of Fisher Wayland Cooper Leader & Zaragoza. Francisco (“Frank”) Montero is a Co-Managing Partner with the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth. He focuses on telecommunications, broadcasting, media, and technology. Mr. Montero’s practice includes FCC regulatory counseling, corporate finance, asset and securities acquisitions, intellectual property, and real estate and commercial transactions.
Mr. Montero is active in the area of Hispanic and Spanish language media in the U.S. and Latin America. He is on the Board of Directors of the Independent Spanish Broadcasters Association (ISBA), which he co-founded, Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (founding member 1997), the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council as well as the National Association of Minority Media Executives. He also helped form the American Hispanic Owned Radio Association (AHORA) and has represented the Hispanic Radio Association and the Puerto Rico Radio Broadcasters Association. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference.
He has served on the Diversity Advisory Board of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and has served on the board of the Capital Telecommunications Professionals and the National Association of Hispanics in Telecommunications and Information Technology. He was also Co-Chair of the Technology Committee of the International Webcasting Association. Every year he assists the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce in preparing its analysis of Hispanic broadcasters. He has received the Puerto Rico Broadcaster’s award for “service to the Puerto Rico radio industry” and has been recognized by the Chairman of the FCC for “dedication to bridging the digital divide”. In 2007, he was named to the list of “Top Washington DC Lawyers” by SuperLawyers.com and in 2008 he was named to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council’s Hall of Fame.
Mr. Montero is a native of Brooklyn, New York and a Founding Father of TechLatino: LISTA, one of the Original 9. Mr. Montero received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where he served on the George Washington University Law Review. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, New York, and Virginia. He is a former Co-Chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Transactional Practice Committees and a member of the National Hispanic Bar Association. Mr. Montero frequently writes on communications law issues for industry trade publications, particularly in the area of radio station finance and business. Mr. Montero is also fluent in Spanish.
TechLatino: LISTA CEO and President
Jose A. Marquez-Leon
Founder, Original 9
Jose A. Marquez-Leon is the National President, CEO, and TechLatino: Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA). In this role, he serves as a lead advocate on state and federal issues related to the role of Latinos in the technology sector. He is also charged with coordinating organization-wide strategic planning for TechLatino: LISTA initiatives and is executive director of 15 TechLatino: LISTA Councils nationwide. Since TechLatino: LISTA’s inception, the organization has developed programs to take our community from the “schoolroom to the boardroom.” These programs are designed to introduce technology into classrooms, encourage information technology and science professions among young adults, facilitate technology-related professional development through certification training and job-matching programs, leverage online communications for continued collaboration, and recognize Latinos within the IT industry that are making a difference.
Given his leadership in the Latino community, Jose Marquez-Leon has received several achievement awards including Politics 360 GameChangers Award, Hispanic Trends Magazine Technology Trendsetter 2007, CCG Hispanic Engineer Magazines 100 Most Influential Hispanics in Technology and Business 2006-2014, USHCC East Coast Chamber of the Year Award representing Region 5, NYSCHCC Chamber of the Year Award 2005, Greater NY Chamber of Commerce of the Year 2005, National Hispanic Achievers Award 2004, New York State Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Member of the Year 2004, Greater NY Chamber of Commerce Advocate of the Year 2003, among others. In 2008 Mr. Marquez was appointed to the by President Barack Obama to serve on FCC Committee on Digital and Media Inclusion. Most recently he was appointed to the Norcross Public Arts Commission Technology Association of Georgia Diversity Trendsetter 2017 and now sits on the Board of the Technology Association of Georgia Diversity and Inclusion Society. Jose also spearheads TechLatino: LISTA’s annual humanitarian initiatives to bring technology to disadvantaged communities in rural cities and towns in the Caribbean and South American countries.
Before founding TechLatino: LISTA in 2004, Jose was Chief Architect and founder of Hispanics in Information Technology and Telecommunications (HITT) where he brought to light the lack of Latino presence in the United States IT and Telecom workforce. Prior to his role in establishing TechLatino: LISTA and HITT, he served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Channels for Mi8 Corporation and President of JAM III Communications Group– an e-business solution consulting firm assisting companies with their web strategies, security, and wireless communications. A 25 year veteran of the telecommunications industry Jose Marquez has held various senior positions from implementation and sales engineering to channel development and internet policy, at companies such as Sprint, MCI, AT&T, Global Crossing and Mi8. Jose graduated with an engineering degree from Rutgers University as 1981.