Monica was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and now serves as the Fellows Program Manager - West at IGNITE. She is passionate about mentorship, advocating for her community, social justice, and the political process. Prior to IGNITE she was at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) where she helped provide professional development opportunities for Latino Elected Officials to strengthen their leadership and ensure they had the skills and information needed to serve their communities. She also spent time as a volunteer mentor coach with America Needs You, an organization that serves first-generation college students. Monica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and a minor in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, rollerblading, and spending time with friends and family.