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Monique Hoeflinger, Senior Program Officer, Safety

As a Senior Program Officer at the Ms. Foundation, Monique Hoeflinger manages grantmaking and programmatic initiatives focused on ending gender-based violence. Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation, Monique worked for more than 10 years in organizational development and leadership for social change. As a lawyer and community organizer, her work has focused on issues of violence against women, criminal justice, and organizing within the queer community.

Before joining the Foundation Monique worked with the LGBT Mentoring Project, a small consulting group independently funded to provide training and strategic support to LGBT organizations around the country. In 2008 Monique served on the Obama campaign's national LGBT vote team, where she helped build the most visible and effective network of LGBT activists of any presidential campaign in history.

Prior to her work with the Obama campaign, Monique served as chief of staff at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, where she managed a wide range of initiatives designed to foster cross-departmental work and increase organizational effectiveness. Before becoming chief of staff, her work at the Task Force focused on developing issue-specific campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT ballot measures, enact equality legislation, and strengthen the capacity of local organizations.

Monique worked as a civil rights attorney for the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, a research and advocacy organization focused on prison reform. In 2000 she was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Institute based on her work with women in the criminal justice system. Monique also has worked for the ACLU National Prison Project in Washington, DC and the Metlhaetsile Women's Center in Mochudi, Botswana.

Monique has taught both graduate and undergraduate course in women's studies. She holds a law degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in women's studies from the Ohio State University.

Monique Hoeflinger