Monica V. Lazo, Richmond Community Foundation

TITLE:  Director of Grants Management

FOCUS AREAS: Human Rights/Advocacy, Public Safety, Health, Jobs and Economic Development, Physical Environment, and Education

CONTACT: 510-234-1200 ext. 305, mlazo@richmondcf.org

PROFILE: Monica V. Lazo is the Richmond Community Foundation’s director of grants management and the best point of contact for local grantseekers.

Lazo’s foundation bio shares:

Mónica is an Angelino who moved to Northern California in the fall of 2010 to attend UC Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.A. in English and Peace & Conflicts Studies (PACS) with a concentration in Human Rights. While in school, she served as an intern for the Peace & Justice Commission of Berkeley (PCJB) working directly with the Chair and Co-Chair of the commission. She was an active member of the Coalition for a Safe Berkeley and later served as an intern for 4th District Councilmember Jesse Arreguin where she researched policy, helped with constituent communications, and coordinated special projects. In the summer of 2012, she attended the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. As a proud Salvadoran/Mexican she is active in Salvadoran politics helping Salvadorans living in the US register to vote so they may take part in the Salvadoran elections. She has also had the honor of meeting the newly elected Salvadoran President and Vice-President while on their U.S. visit. As a first generation American, Mónica prides herself in working with Latino communities to help raise their awareness and increase their participation in local, state, and national politics.

Mónica comes to the Richmond Community Foundation with a diverse professional background that ranges from the Flooring Industry to the Financial Industry. However, her passion lies with human rights and advocacy. As a self-described Humanitarian, her life mission is to be of service to humanity. She is currently enrolled and will graduate in 2016 from the University of San Francisco’s Graduate program in Public Affairs and Practical Politics.