CUNY Graduate Center Executive Named to the 2021 OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ 100 Executives List, Sponsored by Yahoo Finance

Elaine Montilla

New York, Nov. 12, 2021 — Elaine Montilla, assistant vice president and chief information officer at the CUNY Graduate Center, was named to the 2021 OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Executives list by Yahoo Finance. The list showcases leaders who are breaking down barriers and creating more inclusive workplaces.
A Graduate Center employee since 2005, Montilla rose from her first role as an IT help desk supervisor to become assistant vice president in 2017. She now oversees information technology services at the Graduate Center, which is the principal doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York, the nation’s largest urban public university.
A proud member of the LGBTQ community, Montilla is also the founder of 5xminority whose mission is to elevate the voices of all underrepresented minorities in tech. She is a TEDx speaker and is invited to speak about and comment on issues of diversity and inclusion within the tech community.
In its citation, Yahoo Finance noted, “As one of a few out LGBT+ executives within the CUNY system, Montilla understands the importance of and values the responsibility of being a vocal and visible role model, leveraging her expertise and experiences to drive change and motivate others.”
“I feel immensely humbled and honored to be named to the top LGBT+ Executives List,” Montilla said in a tweet. “Our voices matter and representation matters too.”
About the CUNY Graduate Center
The CUNY Graduate Center is a leader in public graduate education devoted to enhancing the public good through pioneering research, serious learning, and reasoned debate. The Graduate Center offers ambitious students more than 40 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, taught by top faculty from throughout CUNY — the nation’s largest urban public university. Through its nearly 40 centers, institutes, initiatives, and the Advanced Science Research Center, the Graduate Center influences public policy and discourse and shapes innovation. The Graduate Center’s extensive public programs make it a home for culture and conversation.

Submitted on: NOV 12, 2021

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