Danny Montes is the Director of Membership & Organizing. He manages the organization’s key partnerships and coalition work throughout California. Danny brings over 12 years of local, state and national campaign experience and currently provides strategic input on all of CSJ’s projects and campaigns. Based in Los Angeles, Danny frequently presents on issues such as the impact of crime in immigrant communities, Proposition 47, and strategic campaign development.
Previously, he was the Civic Engagement Strategist for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. There, Danny worked with NCLR’s 62 California affiliated nonprofits to increase their capacity, civic engagement and advocacy efforts on issues such as criminal justice, health, housing, immigration and workforce development. Danny also worked with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, D.C., to build investment and advocate for job creation legislation.
Danny is a seasoned trainer in organizing and legislative advocacy, starting in 2007 in partnership with the Midwest Academy, Wellstone Action, United States Student Association, and Young People For. He is also a former Public Policy Fellow for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.