Monica brings three decades of leadership experience working for federal agencies — the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) — at the field, regional, and national office levels, to ONDA’s board, which she joined in 2020. Along with being a seasoned manager of human, scientific and logistical resources, she is also an experienced biologist well versed in conservation disciplines. She possesses a strong background in science management, national policy interpretation, and implementation protocols. Monica has served as the Chief of the Bird Banding Laboratory, worked on Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing and critical habitat determinations and policies, and guided natural resource research and conservation programs, projects, and partnerships. Her biological field work has included monitoring spotted owl habitat in the Pacific Northwest, investigating the ecology of critically endangered Puerto Rican Parrot in El Yunque National Forest, and surveying for many other species in between. She holds a graduate degree in Resource Ecology from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan.