February 28, 2014 Last Updated 2:16 pm

Portland Monthly publisher Kelly Montoya leaves to join Knowledge Universe

Prior to landing in Portland from NYC, Montoya held positions at national publications that include Entertainment Weekly and FHM

Press Release:

PORTLAND, Ore. – February 28, 2014 — Knowledge Universe, the nation’s largest provider of early childhood education and care, announced today the hiring of Portland Monthly publisher Kelly Montoya.

Montoya will work to strengthen and enhance the way Knowledge Universe communicates with the parents and families who use one of the company’s 1,700 learning centers to teach and care for their children each day.

She leaves the role of SVP, Publisher at SagaCity Media, Portland Monthly’s parent company. She joined the company in 2004 when the company owned and operated 1 magazine, Portland Monthly. Over the last 10 years, she has been highly instrumental in building a media company that now spans 5 states, and more than 41 different media properties. Her primary role has been in the development of new products and audiences across various titles, markets, and platforms amidst a challenging time in the publishing business. Prior to landing in Portland from NYC, Montoya held positions at national publications that include Entertainment Weekly and FHM. She starts at Knowledge Universe in mid-March.

“The last 10 years with SagaCity have been incredibly rewarding. I’m over the moon excited to turn my focus toward serving children and families across the country with Knowledge Universe.”

“Every day our children have meaningful moments at one of our early childhood education centers, and it’s up to us to be sure those moments get shared with parents and families,” said Tom Wyatt, CEO of Knowledge Universe-United States. “I’m excited to bring Kelly Montoya on board to best engage parents on the social media channels they are using most often.”

Knowledge Universe and Portland Monthly have teamed up on community initiatives including early literacy efforts and the Portland Rising Stars program. Montoya maintains an active role in the community, primarily with her efforts to support the OHSU Doernbecher Foundation, and others. Her board commitments have included the Forest Park Conservancy and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. “To be a leader in the community means giving to the community, and it is great to see the newest member of our team embodying that community involvement spirit that is at the heart of what we do at Knowledge Universe,” Wyatt said.

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