Monica joined SCoA in September 2017 as Member Services Officer. In this role she ensures that SCoA’s members are represented at all available opportunities and is responsible for the sharing of information, case studies and opportunities across the sector.
Monica has completed her Bachelor of Consular and Diplomatic Affairs at De La Salle University, Philippines, Master of Diplomatic Studies at the University of Leicester, UK, and postgraduate human rights law courses at the University of Melbourne. She is currently doing a Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development at the Australian National University (ANU). Monica is fluent in Cebuano and Tagalog, and can converse in Farsi, French, Mandarin, Spanish, and the American Sign Language.
Monica has a multicultural and international background. She has lived, studied and worked in four continents. She has worked in academia, public relations, non-profit, and media. Following multiple leadership roles in advertising strategy and business development, Monica worked over six years in grassroots community building programs.
Prior to joining the Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA), Monica worked across a number of local and national roles with the Australian Baha’i Community, building capacity in grassroots communities to cater systematically for the education of children, youth and adults. She enjoys working with the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities and local people in the regional areas.
Monica is fairly new to Canberra and still considers herself a Melbournian at heart. However, these days Canberra is home for her, her husband Vargha and their son Benedict. If she is not working hard at SCoA, she is either in a playgroup, studying at ANU, or supporting youth camps in different states.