Monica Montgomery

Program Assistant, Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending

Monica Montgomery

Monica is the Program Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending. She advocates for the reduction of the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. foreign policy, the advancement of diplomacy and international agreements regarding arms control, and a cutback in the level of defense spending. Alongside constituents and coalition partners, she works with Congress to promote bipartisan support for FCNL’s work on nuclear weapons and Pentagon spending policy. In addition to her lobbying tasks, she is responsible for maintaining the FCNL Nuclear Calendar.

Monica graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and peace studies, and a certificate in international security studies. Her honors thesis explored the influence of both external threats and domestic politics on the development of the U.S. nuclear weapons program. She was awarded the 2019 Yarrow Award in Peace Studies, given annually to a graduating student who demonstrates academic excellence and a commitment to peace and justice. Monica spent a semester abroad in Jerusalem and has studied Modern Standard Arabic.

While at Notre Dame, she worked as a research and office assistant at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. She served as the 2019 co-chair of the annual Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, a conference of over 200 students focused on peacebuilding, justice, and conflict transformation. She has also previously worked as a policy research intern at the Arms Control Association and as an intern in the Knoxville district office of Sen. Bob Corker (TN). She is originally from Knoxville, TN.

Articles by Monica Montgomery

Update Building on the Pope's Call for Nuclear Abolition 

On Nov. 24, Pope Francis visited the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to renew his call for the global elimination of nuclear weapons.

Update Experts Hold Briefing on Korean Diplomacy in Quaker Welcome Center  

The Quaker Welcome Center was envisioned as a venue for bipartisan dialogue and the promotion of peace, justice, and environmental sustainability. On Oct. 4, the space once again fulfilled that vision.

Action Alert Stop Deployment of the New “Low-Yield” Nuclear Warhead Before It’s Too Late  

Congress’s window to prevent the deployment of a dangerous new nuclear weapon will soon close.

Update House and Senate Head for a Showdown on Nuclear Policy 

The Trump administration has been taking the U.S. down a dangerous course by seeking new nuclear weapons. Congress can change our country’s direction, but a stark divide has emerged between the two chambers through the fiscal year 2020 appropriations process: While the House rejected several of the administration’s calls for nuclear weapons funding increases, the Senate plans to fully fund—and in some cases exceed—the administration’s requests.