Public Policy Deputy Director
Monica McLaughlin is the Deputy Director of Public Policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), where she works to improve federal legislation and increase resources to address and prevent domestic violence. She leads and co-chairs various national coalitions, educates Congress, implements grassroots strategies and engages various government agencies to ensure that addressing domestic violence is a national priority.
Monica has led national appropriations efforts to secure record federal investments in programs that address domestic violence and sexual assault. Monica also directs NNEDV’s housing policy work with achievements such as: leading successful efforts to secure life-saving housing protections in the Violence Against Women Act of 2013; advocating for domestic violence survivors’ access to housing and homelessness resources in the McKinney-Vento Reauthorization Act of 2009; and drafting housing protections for immigrant survivors in the Senate-passed bill, S. 744. Building on her housing policy work, Monica leads NNEDV’s Collaborative Approaches to Housing for Survivors, a multi-agency technical assistance consortium designed to improve survivors’ access to safe, affordable housing.
As a life-long social justice activist, Monica started her career as a domestic violence advocate in shelters in Montana, Chicago and England, after completing her undergraduate degree at Loyola University Chicago, where she graduated with honors. Her work with survivors afforded her a unique perspective on the issues that impact women's lives and fueled her desire to advocate for survivors at a macro level. She secured a place with the Trinity Fellows Program, a competitive work-study opportunity at Marquette University Milwaukee. While completing her Master's in Communication Studies, she was the Public Relations and Advocacy Coordinator for a women's substance abuse treatment program, where she coordinated the agency's first legislative call-to-action campaign and initiated a speaker's bureau of women in recovery. Monica recently completed the Greater Good Non-profit Leadership Program sponsored by Allstate and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.