Founder & Executive Director
Reyna Montoya is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow, a 2017 Echoing Green Fellow and a Forbes: 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur.
Reyna was born in Tijuana, Mexico and migrated to Arizona in 2003 fleeing violence. She is an undocumented/DACAmented community organizer, an educator, and a dancer. She is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow, which enable her to start Aliento. She also serves in the first Teach For America DACA Advisory Board. Reyna holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and Transborder Studies and a Dance minor from Arizona State University; she also holds a M.Ed in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. She has engaged in local, statewide and national platforms to advance justice for immigrant communities. In 2013, she was the lead organizer, who prevented an immigration bus of undocumented immigrants from deportation in Phoenix, AZ for the first time in the nation’s history. In the same year, with the help of the community, she stopped her father’s deportation. She was also recognized as 2017 #NBCLatino20. She hopes to share her talents and skills with the community to co-create healing spaces, political change, and leadership development of our immigrant youth.
Diego was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a proud son of Mexican parents. Diego is a graduate from Arizona State University where he studied design, marketing, and business. Diego found one of his passions, photography, when he got involved with the Immigrant Rights Movement in 2011. He has been key to record part of living history of immigrants in Arizona, working with most major immigrant organizations. He was former Senior Designer for the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. In 2016, he worked on the Bazta Arpaio Campaign as a Graphic Designer, Photographer, and Social Media coordinator.
Diego is the man behind Aliento's logo, branding, and web development. He uses his creativity, talents, and skills to amplify the stories that are happening in immigrant community in Arizona.
You can see more of this work at www.diegonacho.com
Jose Patiño was born in Mexico, raised in the Valley of the sun, Phoenix, AZ. He migrated at the age of six with this family and is part of the 1% DACAmented people in the U.S. with a master’s degree. He is an educator, and an activist. Jose holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. Jose became involved in the Immigrant Rights and Dreamer Movement in 2009. Ever since then Jose has been standing up against the injustices that undocumented immigrants face. He stopped a bus of undocumented immigrants who were set to be deported, engaged in a direct action where he interrupted President Obama’s speech, and has lobbied for the DREAM Act and Immigration Reform. Due to Jose’s activism he was featured in The Washington Post, MSNBC, NPR, Univision, Telemundo, Buzzfeed, Think Progress, among others. He was also featured in the documentaries The Dream is Now and Underwater Dreams.