Monica sees public service as a calling and a responsibility. Monica will continue to be an advocate for the voiceless. She believes an effective legislator works to understand the breadth of issues in the district and puts the community ahead of politics. As an active member of her community, Monica has been recognized for her work as a nominee for the George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award. She has a proven record as a legislator from her 2013-14 term when she passed more bills than any other freshman legislator. Monica has been an advocate for policy in Washington State and in Washington DC since her past service in the legislature.
Born at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Monica comes from a strong military family and believes we must honor our veterans for their service. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and her master’s degree from Washington State University Vancouver. Monica and her husband Brandon have been married for fifteen years and now have two children who attend public school in Vancouver. She enjoys the outdoors, coaching youth sports, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Professionally, Monica works as an instructional coach at Pacific Middle School in Vancouver with classroom experience serving a wide range of students. She believes that today we are educating workers for jobs we cannot even imagine. Her professional work reflects her belief that the priority of public education should be to teach kids to think critically, not just pass tests. After working in a school and watching families grow in this community, Monica sees firsthand the need for stronger partnerships between jobs in our community, work force training, and education.
Monica has experience, a record of success, and determination to return to Olympia to continue to be the voice for women, parents, and students across this state.