Monica joined EMSWCD as the Community Connections Liaison in January 2019. Her background includes community organizing, environmental education, restoration projects, community gardens, and outreach and events. She is passionate about environmental conservation, community engagement, and racial equity.
Monica received her B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry minor and B.A. in Spanish from The University of Portland. After graduating, she worked as a wildlife field technician on research projects monitoring wildlife movement along rivers in the boreal forest of Canada, surveying wildlife biodiversity response to grassland restoration in New Mexico, and tracking the Greater Sage-Grouse in SE Oregon. Prior to working for EMSWCD, she was the Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator for Friends of Nadaka and Columbia Slough Watershed Council for 4 years. In her free time, Monica enjoys hiking, photography, Latin dancing, gardening, and exploring Portland’s coffee shops.
Monica serves on EMSWCD’s staff-led Equity Team. The Team consists of representatives from each program area, the management team, and the board. Together they work to elevate EMSWCD’s awareness, sensitivity, and response to the equity concerns of our communities related to natural resource management and environmental justice. Reach out to Monica with questions or concerns about our equity work.
Conversationally fluent in Spanish, habla español.