PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
Monica believes a good Representative is one who listens to the community and makes decisions based on that two way communication, not on party platforms. As an active member of her community Monica has been recognized for her work as a nominee for the George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award.
Born at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Monica comes from a strong military family. Her father served in the U.S. Air Force and her father-in-law was a commander in the U.S. Navy. She has four Japanese-American uncles that served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. Monica believes we must honor our veterans and make good on our nation’s obligations to our service men and women.
She moved to Washington state while in high school, earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and her master’s degree from Washington State University Vancouver.
Professionally, Monica works as an instructional coach at Pacific Middle School in Vancouver. Previously she was a middle school teacher. She believes that today, we are educating workers for jobs we cannot even imagine.
Her professional work reflects her belief that the priority of public education should be to teach kids to think critically, not just pass tests. After working in a school and watching families grow in this community, Monica sees firsthand the need for stronger partnerships between jobs in our community and work force training and education. She operates with a philosophy that as students graduate high school, they should be prepared for whichever career path they choose.
Monica and her husband Brandon have been married for eleven years and now have two children who attend public school in Vancouver. She enjoys the outdoors, coaching youth sports, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.