“Living, working and leading in the District for over thirty years has taught me how to do the hard, but inspiring, work of tearing down barriers between neighbors and institutions so together we can preserve and protect what we love about our city. I bring a vision for DC that supports economic growth while honoring our values as a city: Respect, Inclusion, Equity, and Accountability to all our residents.”
Mónica stands ready to end the violence plaguing our neighborhoods, deliver more affordable housing, care for our seniors, and ensure schools meet the needs of all our children.
Appointed by Mayor Vincent Gray in 2014, and re-appointed twice by Mayor Muriel Bowser, as Director of the Office of Human Rights, Mónica established a successful track record as a leader who fights to make sure government systems work to meet the needs of our city’s residents. During her tenure, she rebuilt the Office of Human Rights to ensure the ongoing success of a mediation program that resulted in tens of millions of dollars paid to District residents. When hate crimes spiked in 2016, Mónica was entrusted to lead citywide response teams, providing support to churches, mosques, synagogues, LGBTQ leaders, and immigrants in our city.
Her story, and her family’s story, is one of the American dream fulfilled. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Mónica came to the U.S. as a young child and lived in New York City. There she was raised in rent-controlled housing and her family struggled to survive on her mother’s modest income as a nurse. Though she had big dreams of going to law school, there were many battles Mónica fought against the effects of prejudice and poverty in her own life. In 1990, the first step in her dreams came true when she moved to DC to attend Georgetown law school. Immediately she found a new home among our city’s leaders and advocates.