Assistant Director, Neighborhood Schools Program
5525 S. Ellis Ave, #165, Chicago, IL 60637
As Assistant Director of the Neighborhood Schools Program, Mónica is responsible for University student recruitment, orientation, site placement, ongoing coaching/support, and management of the training & professional development series. She also closely coordinates with Christa Mercado and James Montgomery on the operational elements surrounding NSP HR/Payroll and Transportation, as well as with Shaz around community relations with local school leaders, teachers, and partner programs. Immediately prior to joining the University, Mónica worked more than four years for the City of Chicago at the 20th Ward, taking on roles of increasing responsibility in the Alderman’s office, all the while working with the full range of stakeholders across the full-set of issues that affect communities across multiple neighborhoods.
Mónica earned her Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy and Economics from the University of Chicago in 2013. While she was a student in the College, Mónica participated in the Neighborhood Schools Program, was a research assistant at the Becker Friedman Institute, and acted as a board member for OLAS. She was herself a first-generation college student and has a strong commitment to creating educational opportunities for youth, mentoring, and creating pathways to public service.