Please welcome Monica Bonny to Canal Alliance! Monica serves in a dual-capacity as our new Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer. She returns to Canal Alliance with over 20 years of finance, strategy, and operations experience in the nonprofit, education, and private sectors. Previously, as a consultant, Monica led the restructuring efforts of Canal Alliance’s after-school program, to align with the agency’s goal of ensuring college completion for all students.
A native Spanish speaker, Monica spent her formative years in Latin America and is dedicated to helping immigrants and improving the lives of people in communities who are underserved. She is strategic about replicating the successes of each program at Canal Alliance. “I notice where there are successes and seek to scale each one. I am continually evaluating organizational processes,” she said.
Prior to joining Canal Alliance, Monica served as CFO/COO of Alder Graduate School of Education, a teacher residency program committed to preparing teachers who mirror the demographics of their students. She has also served as a Project Manager for Deloitte Consulting, where she managed operations improvement projects for manufacturing clients; as an Underwriter for GE Capital, where she performed financial due diligence on large-scale power plant project financings, and as a Research Assistant for the Federal Reserve Board.
Monica’s short-term goals are to ensure that Canal Alliance continues to serve the community and to meet our clients’ needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Her long-term goals include utilizing our resources as efficiently and effectively as possible: “I want to continually benefit the needs of our community, and improve outcomes for all students and families.”
Monica is uniquely connected to education as a former elected school board member in the Corte Madera – Larkspur and Tamalpais Union High School districts for eight years, including three as President. She also served as Co-Chair of the Marin Promise Partnership, a collective impact initiative aimed at closing the achievement gap in Marin County, and has been on the Board of Enriching Lives through Music for the past five years. Monica recognizes that education is not the only way to end the generational cycle of poverty. She says, “Education alone is not enough. We have to lift-up the life of the entire community. We are looking at poverty with a holistic approach.”
In her spare time, Monica enjoys spending time outside with her dog and family. Welcome, Monica!