In this role, she conducted national-level assessments of Partner Nations in Europe and Asia working with the United States Government. These initiatives led to changing disaster response policies and procedures. Her career has spanned strategic, operational, and advisory roles for the United States Interagency, United Nations, World Bank, and non-Governmental organizations. She has taught disaster management and humanitarian assistance to Department of Defense servicemen and women and has assisted in the training of international response functions of the United States Government such as bilateral and multilateral disaster preparedness and disaster response engagements at the strategic level in Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Republic of Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, and Guam.
Monique also created disaster management and humanitarian assistance curriculum for two regional peacekeeping training centers in East and West Africa. She has worked in the Pentagon writing policy, implemented preparedness/mitigation programs for FEMA, and created community programs for the National Preparedness Training Center. Currently, Monique is a consultant for FEMA working at the lead writer for the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Doctrine and developing FEMA EMI courses on exercise and evaluation.
Monique is an adjunct with Georgetown University for three years in both the Masters and Executive Masters in Emergency and Disaster Management.
She is currently working on her doctorate at Georgetown University, focusing on the ongoing climate crisis and the effects on environmental refugees. She has an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering and a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning, along with Graduate Certificates in Public Health and in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance. Her Bachelor's is in Political Science and also in Conflict Resolution.
She is trained by the United Nations, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, FEMA, and USAID/OFDA.
Monique moved to the D.C. area from Honolulu, Hawaii where she lived for almost 14 years. In her free time, she is a PADI Divemaster, a volunteer mediator, and before moving to Washington D.C. was earning her private pilot’s license in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has traveled to 50 countries and is the very proud mother of a little boy and a baby girl.