Featured Member Montez Anderson ('13)
February 11, 2016
Montez Anderson is the President of Constella Solutions, LLC. Constella Solutions, LLC is a full-service public affairs, business development and strategic consulting firm. In his role as President, Mr. Anderson manages large scale corporate and grassroots issue campaigns, builds coalitions of diverse interests and backgrounds, and develops a high-profile network of contacts in both business and politics on the local, state, and national level.
Montez previously served as Senior Advisor for Economic Development at the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (PGCEDC) and co-chaired international business travel for the County Executive of Prince George’s County working with the Governor of Maryland’s office in coordinating joint international business mission trips.
Montez attended high school at Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC and the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA., where he presently serves as President of the Alumni Association Board. He is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is married to Dr. Kelly Epps Anderson, an Interventional Cardiologist at the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys playing tennis and golf in his free time. Montez is a member of LGW’s Class of 2013 and serves as the Membership Committee Chair.
How did your involvement with LGW start, and what has the organization come to mean to you?
I had long been attracted to Leadership Greater Washington, as my mother was a class of 2000 graduate. Through her experience I was able to see, first hand, how LGW brought a diverse region together, through its Signature program, member dinners, and networking opportunities. Fortunately, I was accepted into the Class of 2013 and set forth on a journey that introduced me to 63 new friends, enlightened my thought process, and broadened my outlook on DMV region. For this, LGW will always hold a special place in my life.
Can you describe something you learned about the region because of LGW?
As strange as it may sound, I didn’t truly have a great understanding of the role of nonprofits and their importance in sustaining the communities in which we live. Within my first two years I attended almost every nonprofit event hosted by my classmates. This was such an enriching experience and gave me the opportunity to introduce my Private and Public sector clients to organizations they could work with. Today, I make a concerted effort to reach out to and support nonprofits in their quest to have a major impact on our region.
How would you describe LGW—the alumni, leadership, staff and overall mission of the organization?
Leadership Greater Washington is a tremendous organization that lives up to it’s mission of connecting diverse leaders and stimulating their collaborative efforts through dynamic education, membership programs and events. This yields a highly inspired membership that strives to strengthen the region.
Whom do you admire for their leadership?
My mother and father have served as my greatest lessons in leadership. While my parents both had challenging careers in the fields of medicine and academia, they taught me three great lessons:
Remain faithful to God and prayer
Display equanimity under duress
And as my mother would always stress, “You’re not a LEADER if no one’s following you!”
Tell us something most people might not know about you.
Something most people don’t know about me, is that I have only one regret in life… I quit piano at 15 years old, and every time I hear someone play it haunts me. Maybe one day I’ll pick it back up… possibly through the Levine School of Music, a wonderful nonprofit I was introduced to during my LGW signature class.