Board of Advisors: Monica Dennis

Monica Dennis leads a consulting practice that provides training, coaching, strategic planning and leadership development to organizations and communities committed to racial justice and equity. Her work focuses on shifting from an individual to a systemic analysis of structural racism and understanding racism’s relationship to intersecting oppressions. More specifically, she explores the impact of racism on both the micro (leadership styles, communication patterns, decision-making) and macro (institutional policies, practices and culture) levels.  Deeply rooted in Black cultural traditions, her process incorporates experiential practices such as storytelling, reflective writing, art and music responses.

Monica is the NYC Coordinator for #BlackLivesMatter, an international organizing network focused on combating anti-Black racism in all of its forms.  She is currently a thought leader and strategic thinker for the NoVo Foundation’s Move To End Violence initiative, CoreAlign’s Speaking Race to Power fellowship, the Drug Policy Alliance and a host of others working to incorporate racial equity practices and policies into their work.  

Monica is passionate about dance, film, travel, pop culture, the African diaspora and her hometown, New York City.