Senior Associate, Policy Development and Government Relations, Alliance for Excellent Education
Hometown: Orange, CA
Fun Fact: Grew up a preacher's kid.
About Monica: I live each day to love and to learn. Love is the most powerful change agent in this world and through my work in education advocacy and diversity, equity, inclusion my highest aim is for a life that reflects a philosophy centered in leading with love and the willingness to constantly learn.
What attracted you to WGR and how has it helped you personally and professionally?
I was courted to be engaged with WGR by a former leader who kept sending me emails!! I'm so glad she did. Once I finally became active and involved, my membership in WGR has been transformative. I've had the opportunity to serve this organization by developing strategies to support a groundbreaking initiative. And I've enhanced my leadership and administrative skills as a result.
What was your original career path and how did you end up in Government Relations?
My original career path was in journalism. I ended up pursuing federal policy and advocacy because of my disdain with the inequities within the public education system.
What advice do you have for young women entering the field?
Be respectful, yet assertive about your right to belong and how you show up in this field--or any field. Be strategic by getting to know people and stepping outside of your comfort zone. Be inclusive--always be mindful and respectful of other people's contributions and who you might unintentionally be leaving out of the conversation.
What has been your most rewarding accomplishment/what are you most proud of?
Within WGR it has been working to create a culture that takes WGR into the present day, by embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do.