Program Assistant, Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending
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.