Monica was raised in the agriculture city of Visalia, CA. She attended California State University, Fresno where she earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Chicano and Latin American Studies. Upon graduation, Monica explored many approaches to community advocacy. Her experience includes a fellowship with Cid & Macedo Inc and volunteering with multiple community-based organizations such as the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Community Center for the Arts & Technology, and the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Program. She also directed a Sport of the Arts youth program at her alma mater where she ensured the artistic expression and success of students and performers.
As the Project Manager, Monica works with community leaders, non-profit and faith-based organizations, to foster and encourage thriving communities. She ensures projects are efficiently and effectively carried out while organizing and coordinating tasks, reports, and other technical work including overseeing the work of staff, volunteers, and partners. Prior to her position as Project Manager, Monica was appointed the Lead Community Health Worker for the COVID-19 Equity Project at Fresno Building Healthy Communities. As a Lead, she had the opportunity to conduct community organizing, prevention outreach, and resource connection to achieve equity across priority populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In her free time, Monica enjoys running, creative writing and spending time with her family and friends.