Ana Montalban gets comfortable
After getting her degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, Ana Montalbán worked closely with Congreso de Latinos Unidos and Morgan Stanley and then decided to go to law school.
Not always aware that she wanted to pursue a career in law, she did want to ensure that her professional path benefitted others. Ana Montalbán says she’s always looking for opportunities at her current position with Greenberg Traurig, LLP that allow her to help other people. She has dedicated her career to financing important capital projects that help facilitate the building and strengthening of communities. “I’m helping build something, but I’m not hurting the environment. I love being part of a project that people can enjoy or some other critical piece of infrastructure. Hospitals are necessary, roads are necessary, low-income housing, those kinds of things,” says Montalbán of her achievements thus far.
And as a result, her career has been filled with several highlights from the installation of bike racks throughout the city, to other green initiatives. “Seeing the fruits of your labor is really rewarding and partly why I chose this particular practice area within the law. And I hope to contribute to my community in bigger ways in the future,” says Montalbán.
When speaking of her experience as a Latina lawyer, Montalbán shared that getting comfortable can sometimes be very difficult. “Sometimes you go into a room and you don’t see anyone like you and that makes you pause. Then you just have to remind yourself of what you are capable.” By creating this sense of comfort internally, it has helped her propel herself in her career, and she hopes to help younger Latinos looking to enter the legal field to do the same.