Luisa Montero-Diaz has years of experience locally, nationally and internationally, including community and program development, project and budget management, grants development, training program design. She helped launch and for 10 years served as the Director of the LAYC/Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers, a regional nonprofit serving minority and immigrant youth and their families by providing comprehensive, culturally sensitive programs in education, employment, and social services. Previous experience includes helping District of Columbia nonprofits partner with DC Government as Deputy Director for the Office of Partnerships and Grants in the Executive Office of the Mayor, and overseeing the home operations of a USAID international development project in Central America. In 2015, Luisa was appointed by the Montgomery County Executive and County Council to serve as the Director of the Mid-County Regional Service Center. She has served on various Boards and Commissions including 5 years on the Maryland State Board of Education, where she championed the mental and social well-being of students, in particular minority students. Luisa was born in Cuba, immigrated to the US as a child and grew up in a small town in NC. She served in the Peace Corps and traveled extensively throughout Latin America. She was one of the founding board members and has been a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington for 20 years, lives in Takoma Park with her son, and is committed to integrated meditation practice into work and life.