To galvanize Montbello residents and provide them with the tools and resources necessary to develop their leadership skills so that they can proactively address the issues affecting their quality of life. 


The Montbello Organizing Committee (MOC) envisions a community that is healthy, vibrant, strong, and economically viable. Montbello will be a community where there is two-way communication between government, leadership, and citizens, and where the residents themselves are powerful voices and change agents. The people who live here are healthy in mind, body, and spirit; they are safe and self-reliant, and mechanisms of communicating information and opportunity exist. Montbello will continue to honor the cultural heritage and diversity of the community. Finally, the economic wellbeing of the community ensures that residents have access to sustaining jobs, good education, and ample resources.


The work of MOC is predicated on a strong set of principles including:

  • The role of the organization is to collaboratively bring people and organizations together to have a strong voice for change, growth, and development;

  • Building leadership from within the community is an imperative mechanism for ensuring that as the community makes progress toward the vision described, those most vulnerable are not displaced;

  • Preserving the character of Montbello (i.e. the diversity, pride, and dignity) requires engaging at the grassroots and grasstops levels;

  • Stakeholders in the future of MOC include those who live, work, and/or otherwise participate in the community;

  • MOC will be a catalyst for improving the community, an initiator of change, and a purveyor of community engagement – staying nimble in organizational structure to be mindful of these values in shaping the future;

  • MOC activities, policies, procedures, programs, etc. are inclusive of all residents regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

  • MOC will be planted and productive today, but poised for tomorrow.