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Eunice Montañez

Chief of Staff


Prior to joining JLUSA in July 2023, Eunice worked for the United States Department of Defense for two decades. She is a proud U.S. Army veteran, culminating her federal service as a civilian. There, she served in various capacities, providing leadership, guidance, and strategic oversight to various national defense projects. Her commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion also led her to serve as Chair of the National Security Agency’s English as a Second Language Employee Resource Group, where she led equal employment opportunity and diversity strategies, programs, and initiatives. Eunice also brings a strong career experience as a Spanish interpreter and translator.

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Eunice is no stranger to the devastating effects of oppressive systems that disproportionately plague minorities and underprivileged communities. In her role as Chief of Staff, she is committed to amplify and empower the organization and its people to achieve our core mission—to raise the voices of those directly impacted by the criminal legal system and build a just U.S.

Eunice currently resides in the Washington–Baltimore metropolitan area of Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law with a minor in Alternate Dispute Resolution, and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. She is the proud mother of two adult children and grandmother of two boys. In her downtime, Eunice enjoys kayaking with her husband Efrain, and loves sewing, reading, knitting, and spending quality time with her loved ones.