Laura Montoya was elected Sandoval County Treasurer in 2012. She has been a public servant for more than 17 years, having worked in several capacities in both the New Mexico House of Representatives and the New Mexico Senate.
Montoya got her start in government in 2001, working for a ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee. Following that, Montoya worked as a Constituent Services Representative for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. At the time, she was the youngest Latina woman working in that capacity in the United States, managing five counties in Northern New Mexico.
Most relevant to the position of County Treasurer, Montoya served as the Executive Assistant to State Treasurer Douglas M. Brown. In this role, Montoya reviewed and updated the policies in the Treasurer’s office to the state standards. She also worked with the Treasurer’s investment committee and worked directly with tribal government personnel, processing the receipt of revenues from the tribal gaming compacts. Part of her responsibility was to streamline the processes of the Treasurer’s office.
Treasurer Montoya has served as Legislative Chairwoman for the past six years for the Treasurer’s Affiliate. In that capacity she has assisted in the passage of several pieces of legislation that remove tax loop holes; effect efficiency of tax collections; equitability of taxes; assisted our Veterans, Seniors and Disabled; and expanded the permissibility of investments in New Mexico for Class A counties and municipalities in a Class A county.
Montoya’s philosophy is, “As a community we will grow, as a team we will progress.”
Laura is currently the only New Mexico county elected official that serves in an appointed leadership position by the NACo President for the past five years and is the only County Treasurer that serves in the New Mexico Tax Policy Committee. Treasurer Montoya is the chairwoman of the Sandoval Treasurer’s Investment Committee and manages close to $20 million in investments, $50 million in non-property tax revenue and over $1 billion in property taxes charged to the Treasurer to collect.
As the Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs Vice-Chair, Treasurer Montoya works on national policy that affects counties as it relates to tax policy and pensions, county and tribal governments and elections. Treasurer Montoya has spoken at a press conference on Capitol Hill to fight for full funding of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PiLT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and was on a panel with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan to discuss federal tax policy.
Montoya was born and raised in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from New Mexico Highlands University, and later earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs. She was a 2003 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and studied International Relations at the University of Costa Rica.
She dedicated much of her free time to working with programs for children, at-risk youth and families of incarcerated individuals. She has a special affinity for the Corrales Safe Routes to Schools Program, which developed a nationally recognized program at Corrales Elementary and Cottonwood Montessori Schools that focuses on building healthier communities through exercise, health and strong community relationships. Her life has forever changed after being a host mother for a student from Switzerland.