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Hello

From Mirtha Montoya Lopez
Community Engagement Specialist | Lawyer | Advocate

A quote I stand by:

"Whatever you choose to do, leave tracks. That means don't do it just for yourself. You will want to leave the world a little better for your having lived."

- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Why do you do this work?

My training as a lawyer in my county of origin and the experiences I had during my profession and life led me to create a valuable connection with the community in which I live wherever I go. My professional mission is working and dedicating my efforts to develop and assist the community surroundings me. The energy and dynamism of BIPOC communities, particularly on economic development issues, is a topic I am passionate about.

My Story

Mirtha Montoya Lopez is a Peruvian lawyer with a Master's in Business Law from the University of Minnesota Law School. Her diverse experience in Peru, India, and the U.S. gave her a sense of adaptability to different teamwork environments and a particular point of view on any project to which she contributes.

 

Mirtha's professional career has been focused on the intersection of business law and community development; this focus is reflected in her experience in the private and non-profit sectors. As a Peruvian Lawyer, Mirtha has worked in a large law firm with clients looking to develop national infrastructure projects in disadvantaged locations. Besides the legal work drafting contracts, she joined the team to negotiate those contracts with the community and local leaders, and follow up on the contract execution. Also, in another role, she has worked with indigenous communities of the Amazon and a non-profit, implementing ILO and UN recommendations. Later, in India, she joined an interdisciplinary team at the AISEC organization to support rural villages in creating projects for local economic development.

My Proficiency

Highlights of Mirtha

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  • Mirtha’s passion for working on legal business topics and economic community development took her to the non-profit organization LegalCorps in Minnesota, where she led the Entrepreneurs of Color Program. With the support of pro-bono attorneys, Mirtha created business legal clinics, workshops, and educational material for entrepreneurs and small business owners. In this role, she has worked with the Latino, Hmong, Somali, African American, and Native American communities in Minnesota.

  • She has worked on the Enterprise Compliance Team at Target Corp. on topics related to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and Environmental, Social, and Governmental (ESG) impacting nationwide stores and has been a business consultant for other Minnesotan corporations.

  • Mirtha offers community specialist support to Strong & Starlike in engagements involving non-profits, focus group design, and facilitation.

Contact

I welcome new and exciting opportunities to build something impactful.

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