An expert in the fields of business development, nonprofit management, genomics, and social advocacy, Ms. Montero has spoken on behalf of institutions and communities at the U.N., the National Institutes of Health, and before national and international government officials. She has also volunteered her expertise as a speaker coach for TEDx participants, and has served on several boards such as the Harvard Alumni Association, The Lions Club of Santo Domingo, and committees in different cities.
Katherine Montero is a youth advocate of many years. In 2003, when she worked as a high school chemistry and biology teacher, she became more aware of the realities, akin to those in her past that the youths within the U.S. and other teens living in poverty, are facing. She is originally from the Dominican Republic and upon arriving to the Bronx, New York, as a young teenager she faced serious financial difficulties and had to overcome the cultural and language barriers. The humbling experience prompted Katherine to give back.
Miss Montero holds a Master’s degree in Management from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Salem State College. After her time as a science teacher at Salem High School, she continued her passion for research at Harvard Medical School (HMS), where she assisted in the works of Dr. George Church while directing a program for under-represented minorities in genomics through the NIH (National Institutes of Health), the Minority Action Plan, representing a consortium of scientists at HMS, MIT and Washington University (MGIC).
While working at the university and on her graduate degree, she decided to contribute to the lives of under-privileged students, such as those she used to teach. It was by mere accident that Global Deeds came about, at the commodity of her basement apartment and during her lunch breaks at work. She asked higher authority figures for guidance and conversations gave life to what is now a group of people collaborating in support of local and international low-income youth. Global Deeds is a social enterprise devoted to disrupting the cycle of poverty among young people. It identifies at-risk adolescents, creates a customized support system with educational and employment opportunities, enabling them to reach their potential as scholars and high–achieving citizens. Ms. Montero also works as a business consultant for start-ups, private equity firms, large corporations, and as motivational speaker for teenagers. She resides between the state of Massachusetts and New York City.