Mónica holds a PhD in Christian Social Ethics and has taught at Harvard Divinity School and Union Theological Seminary. Currently, she serves as Visiting Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in Quito. She has received two Fulbright fellowships for research in Latin America and is currently an International Rotary Peace Fellow. In 2014, Mónica was ordained as Community Minister for Latin America of First Church Cambridge, Boston Metropolitan Association of the United Church of Christ.
She has decades of experience in community service, human rights and solidarity work in Latin America, including with Pastors for Peace in El Salvador, Concern America in Honduras and Catholic Relief Services in the Dominican Republic. Mónica has led dozens of church delegations to Honduras as well as taught many academic immersion courses in both Central and South America.
“My natural temperament is listening, encouraging, and motivating. My style in leadership is to focus on supporting and promoting other people’s leadership. I am a visionary in many ways. I can see where a group may be wanting to go and I can articulate that and further people into a broader vision. I like to encourage skills that people may not think they have. It is very rewarding to see people blossom,” stated Mónica during her interview.
Administratively, Mónica’s experience has included designing and supervising new initiatives, writing and reviewing proposals, drafting and managing project budgets, and implementing and evaluating programs. In terms of grass-roots fundraising, Mónica has been involved in raising tens of thousands of dollars for community projects in Honduras for over 20 years through the Honduras Companion Communities Project that she founded at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City after Hurricane Mitch. None of the money has come from formal grants but all individual donations.