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Monica Montgomery Steppe

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The People’s Councilmember

Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe grew up in the Fourth Council District, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Spelman College and a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law.

With a combination of knowledge and passion, Monica is dedicated to improving and uplifting the city of San Diego as a whole and the people in the Fourth Council District. Monica strongly advocates for equitable practices in government, including better economic opportunities for people of color and better relationships between community members and police officers. She believes that the communities that make up the Fourth Council District are vibrant and deserving of resources.

The Councilmember serves on several committees, including serving as chair of the Committee on Public Safety & Livable Neighborhoods. She also serves on the Committee on Budget & Government Efficiency and Active Transportation and Infrastructure.

In addition to serving on three Council Committees, the Councilmember sits on the Board of Directors for San Diego Community Power, and has several outside agency appointments, including: MTS Board of Directors, San Diego Workforce Partnership, the City-County Reinvestment Task Force, and the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans.

At City Hall, Monica fights for the socio-economic advancement of every person, family, neighborhood, and community member. She has demonstrated the courage, commitment, consistency, and civic knowledge to get it done for the Fourth Council District. For her leadership, Monica has received many notable accolades and awards, including 2018 Voice of San Diego Voice of the Year, the 2019 San Diego Democratic Party Making a Difference Award and the 2021 Ashley L. Walker Social Justice Award from Alliance San Diego. 

On August 22, 2020, Monica married the love of her life, Steven Steppe. She is the eldest daughter of Clifford and Patricia Montgomery. She is a niece, sister, and a proud aunt.