Monique is passionate about clearing the pathway to college for first generation college students and other disenfranchised populations. Monique’s belief in equal access to higher education has its origin in her own participation in the ASPIRA program of New York as a first generation Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx. Monique earned a BBA from Bernard Baruch College in International Finance, a Bilingual Elementary Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University and a M.Ed at the University of San Francisco in Organization and Leadership.
Currently, she is the Director of The College Place—Northern California, a college access program that supports students and families in the college preparation, application and transition process. Her current work includes training parents, educational advocates and the staff of various educational organizations in college preparation curriculum and the implementation of a college going culture.
Previously, Monique was Regional Manager at UC Berkeley’s Early Academic Outreach Program, a Spanish Bilingual teacher for San Francisco Unified School District, and co-founder of By Any Dreams Necessary, a nonprofit that identified, supported and provided college scholarships for young artists in Oakland. Monique is also a consultant and trainer for public and private enterprises seeking to develop cross-cultural competency in managerial staff. She is recognized for strong leadership, exceptional hands-on management, forming collaborative teams and career development of staff.