Tahina L. Montoya

Department: Top 30 List 2023
Experience: Strategic Advisor

Personal Information:

“I encourage you to think big and to break past the barriers others have created for you. I challenge you to ignore those whose opinions don’t matter and focus on taking advantage of every (every) opportunity that comes your way. I urge you to leave your community and explore what this world has to offer but implore you to come back and give back to the same community that helped you succeed.”

Tahina L. Montoya is a first generation Colombian American and the proud daughter of two hard working immigrants. Tahina graduated from Norwich University and commissioned in the United States Air Force in 2008. She served 12 years active duty as an Intelligence Officer working several tactical, operational, and strategic mission sets including two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). In 2020, Tahina transitioned to the Air Force Reserves where she currently serves as a Political-Military Analyst and Women, Peace and Security expert at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Americas Transregional Threat Center. In her civilian capacity, Tahina serves a political appointee for the Biden-Harris Administration where she serves as a Strategic Advisor at the Department of Veteran Affairs and is Adjunct Professor at George Washington University. Tahina is also a Women in International Security Fellow and a Doctoral Candidate at Georgetown University and is most thankful for the unwavering support of her amazing family.