Hi, I am Monica Sanders
I am an attorney, scholar and social impact entrepreneur. I founded“ The Undivide Project”, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the Internet and digital services to accelerate climate resilience in underserved communities. I am also the founder and President of Bonne Terre Consulting, designed to help companies, philanthropic organizations and nonprofits build capacity and strategize for a prepared future.
In my academic life, I have faculty affiliations at Georgetown University and the Georgetown University Law Center. As a practicing attorney, l was fortunate to serve as a Senior Committee Counsel for both the House of Representatives and Senate Committees on Homeland Security. In those roles,I focused on oversight of disaster response and recovery programs, cybersecurity, and critical infrastructure protection. I also served as the Senior Legal Advisor for International Response and Programs at the American Red Cross, and as an attorney for the Small Business Administration during the Hurricane Maria and 2017 western wildfire responses. My international experience includes studying security and defense–civilian coordination in the European Union Visitor’s Program and continues with my involvement with UNDRR committees and organizations in the EU. I am proud to be a Forbes.com contributor and to have been profiled in publications such as Forbes,Thrive Global, Authority Magazine and El Observador.
Founder, CEO The Undivide Project
Using digital tools to address the intersection between the digital divide and climate injustice and how it impacts vulnerable communities. Successes include – environmental and racial justice StoryMap campaign, digital capacity building in urban community, development of a multi-hazard risk model for divested communities.
Policy Entrepreneurship Fellow, Federal of American Scientists
Attorney – Puerto Rico Response
Prior Tech and Racial Justice Accelerator role resulted in a disaster and justice policy memo. Current project focuses on policies to inspire tech and climate ready work options for all.
Founder, President Bonne Terre Consulting
Services include: legislative strategy or “The Art Of The Ask”, climate, SDG and ESG programming, justice capacity building under our series “Climat X JEDI”. Regulatory, legal system and frameworks consultations.
Small Business Administration
Attorney – Puerto Rico Response
2017 – 2018
Served as counsel on a team assisting with the recovery of Puerto Rican communities and businesses impacted by Hurricane Maria. Conducted legal reviews and opinions, case management, and direct client assistance for a portfolio of several hundred disaster victims for loans valuing more than $1M.
Adjunct Professor of Law
2019 – Present
Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Environmental Justice Program. 2020 Tropaia Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient. Teach: LAW 1542, Law, Policy and Practice of Disasters and Complex Emergencies, Spring 2021, 2021, MPDM-700-140, Hazard Economics, Spring, Summer 2020. Teach MPEM-501-01 Theory Regional Collaboration and Framework (School of Continuing Studies, Emergency, and Disaster Management) Fall 2019, 2020.
University Of Delaware
2019 – 2021
Designed and taught a special topics course, SOCI 467 “Katrina: 15 Years Later,” Spring 2020. Designed a new course, SOCI 367 “Law, Policy, and Society,” introduced for Fall 2020, using inclusive course design concepts. Elevated a university program from department to college level initiative, developed sustainable budget and added four partners within first six months of directorship. Oversaw communications and marketing strategy and rebranding.
American Red Cross
Senior Legal Advisor
2013 – 2015
Counsel and oversight for and programs delivering disaster aid, and focused on response, recovery, disaster risk reduction, and response to complex emergencies. Prepared and released positions on environmental and urban emergencies as well as UNFCC and NATO security.
School Of The New York Times Summer Academy
2019 – 2021
Instructor at the School of the New York Times, D.C. Summer Academy. I taught Inside the Hill: Government and Politics (summer 2019), as well as International Relations and Development (summer 2020).
United States Congress
Senior Cousel, House & Senate Committees on Homeland Security
2009 – 2013
Served as Senior Counsel on both House and Senate Committees on Homeland Security. Drafted first ever Congressional committee report on regulations and their impact on national security. Panelist and contributor to NATO, EU and UN workshops on international law. Developed and presented international security and competition law workshop to US- EU delegates. Drafted and successfully passed legislation on credentialing, chemical security, and Merida Initiative to pass. Conducted hearings and counseled Senator on critical infrastructure, border security and humanitarian issues.
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