Monica provides strategic advising and management to donor-led grantmaking partnerships aiming to build trust-based philanthropy and participatory governance models. She has a background in capacity building partnerships, specifically in international relief and emergency response, having worked for international agencies in the Middle East and North Africa where she managed funding to and capacity building work with local civil society and community-based organizations, as well as partnerships with government and private sector actors to improve and provide meaningful access to infrastructure for people in migration. She has also worked with arts and education for social change organizations, both domestically and in Europe. She holds an MPhil in Public History from Trinity College Dublin, with a concentration on public-participation in human geography. She can be found playing her violin or Persian hammered dulcimer (a santoor) in orchestras, chamber music groups, and other jam sessions around town.