SightLife: Monty Montoya

Monty Montoya

CEO & President, SightLife

Monty Montoya pursues the world-wide elimination of corneal blindness with a passion. For those in the global arena of corneal transplantation and eye banking, he is considered a true social humanitarian for working tirelessly to achieve that major goal for the past 20 years.

As the president and CEO of SightLife, Monty leads the only non-profit global health organization solely focused on eliminating corneal blindness in the U.S. and around the world. Under his guidance, SightLife’s growth has burgeoned from a modest $1.9 million to more than $20 million in ten years, with nearly $10.5 million reinvested back into sight-related programs for low-income populations domestically and abroad.

Monty is a member of several national and international boards including the Eye Bank Association of America, the Eye Bank Association of India, the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology and the Washington Global Health Alliance.

Monty has been honored with prestigious awards for his vision and service including the Eye Bank Association of America’s coveted Heise Award. This award is given to a non-medical individual who has made the greatest contribution to advancing the cause of eye banking.

Under Monty’s leadership, SightLife has been named one of the best non-profits to work for in the country by the Nonprofit Times for the past four years in a row.

Monty started his career in eye banking in 1991 as a part-time technician working his way through college. He joined SightLife in 1997, when he was hired to turn around the organization from a period of financial struggle.

Monty holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from Duke University.


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About SightLife

Founded in 1969, SightLife is the only non-profit global health organization and eye bank solely focused on eliminating corneal blindness in the U.S. and around the world. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, the organization leverages innovative technologies and best business practices to transform lives and unlock life’s possibilities for the corneal blind. SightLife works in partnership with surgeons and health organizations in more than 30 countries.  For more information, visit

SightLife Named #1 Best Medium-Sized Organization to Work For by Non-Profit Times!

Seattle (April 1, 2013)—SightLife, a Seattle-based global health organization and the world’s leading eye bank, was ranked #1 in medium-sized organizations (50-249 employees) and #2 overall in the nation for “Best Places to Work” by the Non-Profit Times.

SightLife has been a consecutive award winner since 2010.