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Mr. Montes is currently the President of, a Los Angeles-based web building and social media technology company which allows users to opt-in and re-direct to a social media site, website, email, or domain via a member’s car license plate. Director Montes is a veteran of the United States Air Force (1982-1987) and a former police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, where he served from 1987 to 1998 as a patrol officer, training officer, detective trainee, and academy instructor. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Taking leave from the LAPD, Mr. Montes spent 1996 as a Fulbright scholar at the London School of Economics where he examined the relationship between the level of accountability and rank. Focusing his research on leadership traits in law enforcement, Mr. Montes explored the differences between the U.S. and U.K. systems. Whilst at LSE, Mr. Montes also studied international law, public policy and economic theory.

After leaving policing, Mr. Montes joined the investment banking industry where he worked at Goldman Sachs and HSBC. Mr. Montes was appointed as a Director to the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Los Angeles in November 2007; he currently chairs the Authority.

Mr. Montes also serves on the Board of Directors for the Fulbright Scholarship Association in Washington D.C., and as a Board of Advisor for Banc of California. Mr. Montes recently completed the Harvard–Kennedy School of Government program - Senior Executives in National & International Security (Class of 2014). He is an avid reader and competes in triathlons. Mr. Montes resides in West Los Angeles.


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