Wendy works in the public finance arena at the intersection of law, finance, and community infrastructure. Over the last 16 years in a professional capacity, Wendy has worked with a varied portfolio of non-profit clients and the public and private sector to improve the quality of life for residents of greater Houston. Wendy is the shareholder of The Law Office of Wendy Montoya Cloonan, PLLC owned and operated as a certified Minority and Woman Owned Business Enterprise. In addition to her legal practice, Wendy is on the Board of Directors of CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) where she serves on the Compensation Committee and Governance, Environmental, and Sustainability Committee. Dedicated to public service, Wendy serves as a Port Commissioner on the Port of Houston Authority Port Commission where she serves as Chair of the Business Equity Committee and successfully stewarded the adoption of the Port’s Business Equity Policy and Business Equity Department creation. In addition, she serves on the Governance, Compensation and Community Relations Committees. In May 2021 Wendy was voted a Trustee to the Harris County Hospital District Foundation.
Wendy remains active in civic organizations as she is committed to community involvement. Wendy serves on the national board of The Young Center, which champions the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children. She also annually interviews high school students as a member of the Yale Alumni/Schools Committee. Wendy is a native Houstonian, born and raised, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, attained a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and went on to receive her Doctor of Jurisprudence with Honors from The University of Texas School of Law.
“In Houston, where almost half of our population is Latino, there is not an all-encompassing institution dedicated to the rich varied art and history of our community. I am honored to play a role in a collaborative championing effort for a state-of-the-art Latino cultural and arts center. I believe all Houstonians, and individuals across the country, can benefit from viewing first-hand how the Latino culture has shaped Houston’s identity.”