Elvin Montero was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and grew up in the city’s South Ward where his parents still live in his childhood home. In 2012, Elvin moved to the East Ward after purchasing a townhouse in the redeveloped historic Ice House complex, where he currently resides, and serves as its Homeowners Association president.
From an early age, Elvin demonstrated a commitment and dedication to service and helping others, values instilled in him by his parents, and his early education provided by the Sisters of Charity at Sacred Heart School. After graduating from Sacred Heart School, he attended St. Joseph’s Preparatory Seminary in Plainsboro, NJ, and later graduated from Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, PA. After high school, Elvin Montero joined the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer as a postulant, while studying at St. John’s University in New York. In 1995, he made the decision to leave the seminary, and transferred to The College of New Jersey, where he graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Public and Mass Communications.
Since 2004, Elvin Montero has worked in the city’s North Ward, as the director of communications and issues management for the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ). CCNJ is a trade association and business advocacy organization in New Jersey representing 100 large and small companies that are a part of the state’s chemistry sector, which employs 44,000 people.
As spokesperson for the $22 billion chemistry industry in NJ for the last fourteen years, Elvin has been responsible for managing all public and media relations for CCNJ, cultivating member relations, and organizing industry sponsored events, including the Council’s annual conferences. As issues manager, Elvin is responsible for ensuring that the industry’s priority issues, such as chemical plant security, energy, environment and safety are properly executed, and that the industry’s interests are consistently shared with the appropriate state and local officials, and agencies on an ongoing basis.
He regularly represents CCNJ on various committees, coalitions, and organizations, including the New Jersey Domestic Security Task Force’s Infrastructure Advisory Committee, and on the Board of the New Jersey Society for Environmental, Economic Development (NJ SEED).
Elvin joined CCNJ after two years with the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – New Jersey (NCADD-NJ) where he helped manage advocacy communications and marketing, and launched a successful branding initiative for the organization.
Elvin started his career as a communications professional, after completing two years of graduate studies at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, working in the internet services industry.
Elvin Montero has been a local champion for equal rights, and in recent years has increased his advocacy for LGBTQ issues. Elvin helped start LGBTQ+Trenton, which hosts a monthly MeetUp for Trenton LGBTQ locals and supporters, and was the founding vice chair of the Mercer County LGBT Democratic Caucus. In the summer of 2016, Elvin was asked by Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-NJ 12) to represent the district at a special roundtable session regarding national LGBT policies, hosted by the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA 34), and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.
In the fall of 2017, Elvin was recognized as a “Democratic Rising Star” by the Mercer County Democratic Committee, and in November 2016, Elvin was honored by the Trenton Democrats with the Unsung Hero Award. Elvin currently serves as the recording secretary for the Trenton Democratic Committee, and is the Democratic Committeeman for Trenton’s East Ward, District 5.
Even though Elvin Montero’s work has been getting noticed and recognized, he often says that he doesn’t do it for the awards or for the accolades, but emphasizes that he believes in the causes he affiliates with, and feels it’s his duty to support and serve his local community.
As president of the Ice House Homeowners Association, representing 19 homes, Elvin Montero has become quite familiar with the challenges of homeownership in the city, particularly when adding the requirements and fees related to living as part of an HOA. Buying into an HOA can be risky, especially when many homes are foreclosed on, or stuck in the process. Through Elvin Montero’s leadership, the Ice House was able to stabilize the HOA financially by significantly reducing HOA payment delinquencies, settling past due accounts, and implementing processes to improve dues collection from owners, including bank-owned units. He improved the association’s finances, reducing expenses, renegotiating vendor contracts, and improving efficiencies, ultimately increasing operations cash by 126%, and reserves cash by 36%, all without increasing HOA fees.
Elvin Montero is running for Council-At-Large because he wants to help Trenton continue to improve overall public safety and security, good governance practices, and smart economic development that utilizes the resources of Trenton – its diverse people, its central location, rich history, and its importance to the state of New Jersey as the Capital City.