Monica’s interest in health began as an undergraduate, when she majored in human biology. Her nuanced understanding of the science behind good health crystallized her career path. Specifically, she was interested in promoting health and preventing health problems before they occur, so that everyone has an opportunity to live a healthy life — whatever that means to them. It’s also why she’s been in the field of public health for 12 years and with the Foundation since 2008.
As a program officer, Monica is a thought partner who empowers health organizations to address both health challenges and opportunities in Colorado communities. Monica frequently travels across the state, conducting site visits for grant review. However, the times when she has had the opportunity to travel solely to listen and learn about communities have been the most rewarding — more recently on the Foundation’s statewide tour. She has enjoyed meeting people throughout the state, and is now engaging more deeply in communities located in northwest Colorado, the Western Slope and Denver County.
What does a healthy life look like for Monica? She believes in keeping things in perspective and not stressing out about the small stuff. A Colorado native, she loves spending time in the mountains during the summer, but most enjoys spending time with family and close friends.
BA Human Biology — Stanford University
Master of Public Health — University of Michigan