Monica joins the SGC as Sustainable Communities Outreach Coordinator, serving as a liaison specifically for SB 535 identified “Disadvantaged Communities” with the goal of ensuring that AHSC and other important California Climate Investments reach these communities.
Monica’s background includes community organizing and outreach, program development and implementation, affordable housing advocacy, fundraising, and oral history work. Prior to joining SGC, Monica served as Policy & Programs Specialist at California Coalition for Rural Housing, where she coordinated policy advocacy coalitions including a Rural Smart Growth Task Force and the San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative, both critical forums to discuss regional challenges and strategies to address housing and community development issues. She also implemented CCRH's Asset-Building and Financial Capability programming. In her native state of North Carolina, Monica served as managing director at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center, a dynamic public history and community organizing center working towards the preservation of historically African-American neighborhoods in Chapel Hill.
Monica received a B.A. in International Studies and Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.