Monique has been active in social justice for the past 20 years, serving as a lawyer, organizer, strategist and funder. She is passionate about bringing people together to build strategic and sustainable movements. Before launching the Just Beginnings Collaborative, Monique served as senior program officer at the Ms. Foundation for Women where she managed grantmaking and movement building initiatives focused on ending gender-based violence.
Prior to working in philanthropy, Monique’s work focused on campaign development, capacity building and leadership in the LGBT movement. She served as chief of staff at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force where she led efforts to realign organizational practices to achieve greater impact. Prior to that Monique worked on legislative and ballot measure campaigns in 15 states as part of the Task Force’s organizing and training team. She also served on Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, helping to build the most visible and effective network of LGBT activists of any presidential campaign in history.
Monique worked as a civil rights attorney for the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, an advocacy organization focused on prison reform. In 2000 she was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Foundations based on her work with women in the criminal justice system. Monique also worked for the ACLU National Prison Project and the Metlhaetsile Women’s Center in Mochudi, Botswana.
In her next life Monique wants to produce documentary films. Until then, she works hard to keep up with her adventurous toddler in Brooklyn, NY.