Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan Announces the Name of the New Director

Isabel Montemayor, Ph.D. is the Next Executive Director LANSING, Mich.

The HLCOM Commission Committee announced that Dr. Isabel Montemayor was selected for the position of Executive Director.

The Committee made this selection based on Isabel’s extensive experience and professional achievements. Dr. Isabel Montemayor-Vazquez is a native of Lansing Michigan. She attended and graduated from Lansing Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, double majoring in Spanish and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics – Magna Cum Laude.

Dr. Montemayor then attended graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a master’s degree in Latin American Studies. Her studies then brought her back to Michigan State University where she earned a master’s degree and a Doctoral degree in Cultural Anthropology. Upon completion of her Ph.D., she was hired as a Senior Research Associate at the Michigan Public Health Institute where she conducted a qualitative assessment of Michigan’s expanded Medicaid, the Healthy Michigan Plan, in urban centers across the state of Michigan.

While in Michigan Dr. Montemayor served as an executive board member with the Lansing Latino Health Alliance advocating for equitable health care access for Latinos in Ingham County. In 2015 Dr. Montemayor was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Sociology and Anthropology Department where she taught courses on Latino Health, Medical Anthropology, and the Border. Over the years, her transnational research has focused on how both health and immigration policies in the U.S and Mexico impact the daily lives and health of mixed-status families in Lansing, Michigan, and Eastern Michoacan.

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While at UTA she was a research associate with the Center for Mexican American Studies, she served on various task forces and committees and mentored dozens of undergraduate first-generation students on their path to graduate school. “I look forward to serving as the Executive Director of the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. As I move forward I look forward to working closely with commissioners and stakeholders to better the lives of Hispanic/Latinos throughout Michigan”.

“Isabel’s is a positive energetic leader. We are confident that Isabel’s many talents, collaborative-engaging leadership approach, and wide-ranging education and experiences will help as we embark on the goals and challenges faced by the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan”. said Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan Chair Monica B. Reyes.

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