Montoya serves as the Executive Director of the Presidential Advisory
Council on HIV/AIDS (Council), established by Executive Order through
the President. The Council makes recommendations to the President
on programs and policies which affect people with HIV and AIDS.
He acts as liaison between the Advisory Council, the Secretary
of Health and Human Services, the Director of the Office
of National AIDS Policy, federal agencies, state agencies, and
private and community-based organizations.
Montoya is responsible for providing staff support to the Presidential
Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, including coordinating all meetings
and hearings of the Council, working with the chair to set the agenda
and working with subcommittees of the Council to develop and monitor
policy recommendations made by the Council to the President. He
provides policy advice and assistance to the President, the Secretary
of HHS, and the director of the Office of National AIDS Policy,
develops an annual report to the President concerning HIV/AIDS issues,
and evaluates the nation's efforts to combat HIV/AIDS.
Montoya received his Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School
of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin (pending),
where he also received his Bachelors of Business Administration
in Finance. He previously worked at the Texas General Land Office
where he focused on environmental and energy policy at both the
grassroots and federal levels. His main focus was clean air and
clean water, especially as it affected minority, underserved and
vulnerable populations in Texas.
Montoya has worked with numerous AIDS-related organizations focusing
on care and services, housing, complimentary therapies and human
and civil rights, having served as both a volunteer and board member.
Daniel was featured in the cover article of POZ en Espanol
magazine as one of the most influential people working on HIV/AIDS
issues in the White House.
As a person living with HIV for over 12 years, Daniel is especially
sensitive to the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS.