Monica strives to be an advocate for babies, children and their families through nurturing and supporting those who care for them. A daughter of proud immigrants, she is a leader and voice that embraces culture, language and traditions. Monica uses her privilege of having a doctoral degree to improve systems that support babies and young children especially through engaging with families, providers and systems to center the BIPOC experience. Her background as an Occupational Therapist provides a strong knowledge base to think outside the box. She is Zero to Three Fellow. Monica is a proud mother of 2 BIPOC strong and caring girls and works toward creating a more kind and racially-just world for them, all families and future generations. Monica feels that her sacred responsibility is to create reflective brave spaces for as many early childhood providers as possible, especially those who would otherwise never have access to this opportunity.