Judy Montero was elected to Denver Council District 9 – one of the City’s most diverse districts – in June 2003. District 9 encompasses the heart of Denver and houses many of Denver’stop attractions, including Lower Downtown and Union Station, the Auraria Higher Education Center, the National Western Stock Show Complex, the Coliseum, Coors Field, Six Flags/Elitch Gardens and the Pepsi Center. District 9 is also home to much of Denver’s industrial corridor along Interstate 70 and Interstate 25.
Councilwoman Montero currently serves as Chair of the FasTracks, Vice-Chair of the Neighborhood, Community & Business Revitalization, and a member of Blueprint. She is also a member of the Mayor’s South Platte River Commission and the Mayor’s Commission to End Homelessness. Montero convened a Telecommunication Task Force in 2004.
Montero has spent the majority of her life living and working in District 9. After graduating from North High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Adams State College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver.
In 1997, Mayor Wellington E. Webb appointed Montero as Public Information Officer for the Denver Parks and Recreation Department, where she served in a number of capacities including primary spokesperson and liaison between the Department and City Council. Prior to joining the City, Montero served for 10 years as an aide to former District 9 Councilwoman Deborah Ortega.
Outside of her employment, Montero has always been active in the community. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for the Front Range Earth Force and the Ellen Torres Bienvenidos Food Bank. She has volunteered for many local, state, and national campaigns and has organized a number of community events including special events for inner city youth.
Montero is married to former State Representative Nolbert Chavez.