Councilmember Monica Montgomery grew up in the Fourth Council District and represents these communities on the San Diego City Council. 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. Prior to being elected to San Diego City Council, Monica served at the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties as a Criminal Justice Advocate, leading the local campaign to reform the money bail system.
Before joining the ACLU in 2016, Monica worked at the City of San Diego for three elected officials. As a Senior Policy Advisor, Monica focused on the following policy areas: criminal justice reform and public safety, neighborhood revitalization, workforce development, small business development, equal opportunity contracting, and youth services.
Monica serves on several committees, including serving as the Chair of the Committee on Public Safety & Livable Neighborhoods and the Vice Chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations. Monica is also a RISE fellow and the 2018 Voice of San Diego Voice of the Year.