Monica is an experienced strategist with over 15 years of experience in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. She is a skilled communicator and strategic thinker providing client services focused on strategies and solutions that specifically meet their needs and advance their goals. She established Vista Strategies on the principle of being transformational vs. transactional.
Prior to founding Vista Strategies, LLC, Monica directed AARP’s Office of Public Outreach where she oversaw a multi-million-dollar external giving program and managed AARP’s relationships with national stakeholders. During her tenure at AARP, she launched the AARP CEO Salon Series, a thought leader initiative that brought together over 70 leaders from the national media, the hill, think-tanks, non-profit and industry leaders to engage in a dialogue.
She is adept at managing complex issues and working collaboratively with stakeholders to influence the national conversation and pursue solutions outside of the regulatory and legislative process. Monica has received recognition for successfully leading national initiatives; she is the recipient of the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award and the Federal Bronze Medal for outstanding service for the successful negotiation of the National Headwaters Forest. She was detailed the White House under the Clinton Administration to serve on the Presidents Council for Sustainable Development managing the work of the Population and Consumption Task Force, and was an agency representative on the Federal Interagency working Group for Environmental Justice.
Monica grew up in Santa Fe Springs, California, has a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University, is a Nationals fan and enjoys spending time with her family at Nat’s games.