…Knowing that you are gifted for something and this something must be attained. It is never enough to rely on luck or natural talent. You must, above all, believe in yourself, face your goals, and then fight as if your life depended on it..."
Diana M. Montoya has been involved in several activities and international policy events. She is interested in how introducing sustainability measures at national and international levels and how this can drive significant positive change. Diana has experience in entrepreneurship, economic policy, economic analysis, local government and sustainable development. She believes for world leaders to implement successful sustainable economic development and foreign policy strategies require an integrative approach of all of these areas.
She pursues her MA/BA degree in Financial Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University where she focused in analyzing the challenges that global economies, in particular developing countries, face today. She is involved with a number of organizations at Columbia University and across the Latin American communities. She is Co-Chair of Columbia University Interschool Government Board- (IGB) which supports student organizations in their efforts to facilitate multi-disciplinary, multi-interest, multi-student/faculty community building, programming and dialogue. I have been part of the board members of Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development (CUCSD) whose main mission is to mobilize the international climate policy and global sustainable development. Also, she is a member of the Columbia Data Science Club (CDSS), which promotes data science across Columbia and NY city community by using and managing data to solve complex problems.
She presently works as an executive assistant to a very successful financial company for non-profit organizations. In addition, she still holds her position as a paralegal and executive assistant for a successful real estate law firm in New Jersey. Both positions allow her to grow her expertise in financials, economics, non- profit, law, real estate transactions and litigation. This experience gives her the confidence in her career direction and in her abilities to perform with competence, which allows her to successfully convert it into greater rewards for both her immediate and larger communities.