Urban Alliance DC
Monique Rizer is the Executive Director of Urban Alliance DC, a program that places high school seniors from Washington D.C. public and charter schools into paid, year-long internships to prepare them for economic self-sufficiency after high school. Monique was previously the Executive Director of Opportunity Nation, a national advocacy campaign and coalition. Under her leadership, the campaign partnered with organizations such as PwC US, created a new Opportunity Index to measure access to opportunity in America and provided platforms for two bipartisan bill introductions in the United States Senate, benefitting children and youth.
Prior to working on poverty alleviation and economic mobility, Monique spent several years advocating and leading programs for the military community and contributed to publications on diversity, information technology and engineering fields. She served as Deputy Director for Military Spouse Programs at the Military Officers Association of America during which time she founded a program called, “Keeping a Career on the Move”, which earned the American Society for Association Executives’ Power of ‘A’ silver award. Monique has testified for the United States Senate Veterans Affairs Committee about the impact of service on military spouse careers. Drawing from lived and learned experiences Monique has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise, the Washington Business Journal, and served as a speaker for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Negro College Fund, among others.
Monique is a first-generation college student and attended community college. She was selected as the first class of Gates Millennium Scholars, which allowed her to complete a BA from Gonzaga University and an MS in Information Management from Syracuse University. Monique is a mother of two sons, a college sophomore who also serves as an Army infantryman in the National Guard and a high school freshman.