Monica Gomez is a program officer for the Economic Security and Dignity portfolio. In her role, she reviews grant proposals, conducts site visits, and makes funding recommendations. Gomez is a seasoned non-profit professional with more than 20 years’ experience in fund development and program development. Throughout her career, she has dedicated herself to leveraging resources for and supporting the capacity building efforts of organizations working towards social change, racial equity, economic and social justice. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine where she teaches Grantwriting for Non-governmental Organizations to graduate students in USC’s Global Medicine Program. She is principal and founder of MG Development Strategies, where she has offered consulting services in fund development, organizational capacity building, and program development. Former clients include organizations working in youth development, affordable housing, economic development, community organizing, environmental justice, arts, immigrant rights, and LGBTQ rights.
From 2016-2019, Gomez was the development director at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), where she led a development team and managed a range of fundraising efforts to support CHIRLA’s unprecedented growth, while navigating a challenging external political environment. Prior to CHIRLA, she held positions at Dolores Mission School and Church, United Latino Fund, and East LA Community Corporation.
Gomez serves on the Board of the Los Angeles Library Foundation, the Advisory Board for Investing In Place, and she recently became a Master Gardener with the UC Cooperative Extension for Los Angeles County. She has a Master of Public Policy from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Occidental College.