Monica Gomez is the Development Director at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights—CHIRLA, where she is responsible for managing and overseeing fundraising efforts for the organization. She has over 18 years of experience working in the non-profit sector with a focus in fund development. Prior to joining CHIRLA, for 9 years Monica served as the Principal of MG Development Strategies, where she served as a consultant to an array of non-profit organizations in fund development, grant writing, program development/implementation, capacity building, evaluation and research. For four years, Monica also worked as the Program & Development Director for the United Latino Fund. Prior to venturing as a consultant, Monica was the Director of Development at the East LA Community Corporation (ELACC).
In the last 12 years, she has also served on various non-profit boards including the steering committee of LA Walks—a project of Community Partners, Northeast Community Clinic, Proyecto Pastoral, the Greenlining Academy Alumni Association (GAAA), and the Occidental College Latino Alumni Association (OCLAA).
Most recently in 2017, Monica became a Lecturer in the Program of Global Medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, where she teaches a grantwriting class during the Spring semester on an annual basis. Lastly, Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College and a Masters in Public Policy from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. Monica was born in Mexico, but raised in Los Angeles, and currently lives in Boyle Heights.