Montse Alvarado

Montse is the recently named President and COO of EWTN News, Inc., the news division of the Eternal Word Television Network, where she oversees global news media platforms which create content in English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Arabic, and Italian. Its holdings include Catholic News Agency, the National Catholic Register, the ACI Group, ChurchPop, and a lineup of television and radio news programming.

Her leadership role at EWTN came two years after she was named the founding host of EWTN News in Depth, a weekly news discussion show of current events in the Catholic Church, politics, and culture, from a Catholic perspective.

Before EWTN, Montse spent fourteen years at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty where she was named COO & Executive Director in February 2017. Profiled by the Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Edition with the following introduction: “A defender of all religion, on the front lines of America’s culture wars,” her tenure at Becket oversaw twelve Supreme Court religious liberty victories protecting the Little Sisters of the Poor, the rights of religious groups to choose their leaders, Muslim prisoners’ rights, civil rights of Jewish schools and synagogues, and safeguarding religious foster care agencies.

Montse has degrees from the George Washington University and Florida International University. She served on the Montgomery County Commission for Women (Maryland) and is currently on the board of the Patients’ Rights Action Fund, the leading advocate against the legalization of assisted suicide; a lay consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Religious Liberty Committee; on the advisory council to the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) and the GIVEN Institute; a proud member of the Benedictine College board, Speech First, the Acton Institute, and the Catholic Information Center. Montse has been published in the New York TimesUSA Today, and the Wall Street Journal, among other major publications. Born in Mexico City, she is fluent in Spanish and French.

Angela Wu Howard

Angela Wu Howard is the Senior Law Fellow at the Becket Institute, an academic project of Becket. She formerly served as Becket’s International Law Director.

Angela obtained a D. Phil. from University of Oxford, a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School; a B.A. with honors in Modern Intellectual History from Northwestern University, and a D.E.S. in European Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she was a Fulbright Fellow. She clerked in San Francisco for the Honorable William W Schwarzer (sitting by designation on federal circuit courts of appeal), worked for Oxfam America in Boston, and served as a negotiations consultant on civil society issues to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. She has also served on the governing Bureau of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Angela was litigating hostile corporate takeovers and political asylum cases with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York when Becket called. Her current work is based at the University of Oxford, where she is researching legal philosophy applied to religious freedom.

Angela speaks English fluently and French, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese to varying degrees of competency. She enjoys dictionaries and design.