José Carlos Montes ’93


José Carlos Montes is the Chief Executive Officer of the Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB), a comprehensive human services organization that provides a wide range of services to over 25,000 diverse individuals and families annually from 11 sites in Central New Jersey. Mr. Montes has spent over 30 years in community and faith-based institutions focused on social services, youth development, community service, and community organizing. He has been a chief operating officer, associate pastor, and foundation program officer. He has operated single men transitional housing facilities, directed AmeriCorps programs at the local and national levels, and run fatherhood and college/career programs. He also has raised millions for community and faith-based initiatives, founded several organizations and groups, and served on many institutional boards.

Mr. Montes is a writer, teacher, trainer, speaker, and advocate of several community and faith-based urban themes. He is an ordained Christian minister and holds a Master of Divinity in Bible and Theology from the Alliance Theological Seminary. With Raymond Rivera, he co-wrote the book, “Liberty to the Captives: Our Call to Minister in a Captive World.” He also has taught urban ministry and church administration courses at several East Coast seminaries. He has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Yale University and is a product of the South Bronx and its public schools. He and his wife have two children.

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