"I am proud of my community's strength, resilience, and tradition of bold leadership. I will bring vision, experience, and dedication to the council seat, and I look forward to representing the community I call home.”
Monica Montgomery grew up in City Council District Four. A true policy wonk, she is the perfect combination of knowledge and passion. A native San Diegan, Monica’s legal career has been dedicated to the improvement and uplifting of the city of San Diego as a whole and the city’s Fourth City Council District.
Monica earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Spelman College and a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. After passing the California Bar, she practiced law in the areas of civil rights, consumer, real estate, and bankruptcy. During the economic downturn, she helped community members keep their homes. Before joining the ACLU in 2016, Monica worked at the City of San Diego for three elected officials, including Councilmember Cole, Mayor Faulconer, and Councilmember Todd Gloria during his term as interim mayor.
While at the City of San Diego, Monica served as a Senior Policy Advisor with specific focus in the following policy areas: criminal justice reform and public safety, neighborhood revitalization, workforce development, small business development, equal opportunity contracting, and youth services. As a staffer in Councilmember Cole’s office, Monica strongly advocated for equitable practices in government, including better employment opportunities for people of color and reform on the then Citizens Review Board for Police Practices. She now serves at the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties as a Criminal Justice Advocate, leading the local campaign to reform the money bail system.
Beyond her legal advocacy, Monica is highly involved in community work. She serves on a number of boards, commissions, and committees in the city, including the San Diego Arts & Culture Commission (Advisory Panelist), ABC Children’s Foundation (Board member), the Bayview Community Development Corporation (Board Member and Personnel Committee Chair), and the Church Education Committee at her church, New Seasons. Monica is a member of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Black American Political Association of California. A lifelong Democrat, Monica serves as the Political Relations Chair for the Martin Luther King Democratic Club. She is also a RISE fellow.
Monica is routinely sought out for her knowledge on an array of topics that affect our communities. Most recently, Monica recorded a Tedx Talk, delivered the keynote address at Cal State San Marcos Black Student Union Annual Dinner, and was a panelist on the League of Women Voters Criminal Justice Reform Panel and the Progressive Labor Summit Criminal Justice Panel.
Monica is running for City Council District Four because she believes that the communities that make up the Fourth District are vibrant and deserving of resources. She wants to continue to fight for the socio-economic advancement of every person, family, neighborhood, and community in the City’s Fourth District as its elected representative. She has the courage, commitment, consistency, and civic knowledge to get it done.
Monica is the oldest daughter of Clifford and Patricia Montgomery. She is a niece, sister, and proud aunt.