Monica Sanders

Monica Sanders

NAME

Monica Sanders

ROLE

Professor

EMAIL

Monica@theundivideproject.org

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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.

Education

MASTER OF LAWS (LL.M.)​

University of London London, UK, 2011 International Business Law

JURIS DOCTOR (J.D.)​

The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C., 2008 Comparative and International Law

POST – JD FELLOWSHIP / CERTIFICATE​

Harvard Law School Cambridge, MA, 2008 Comparative and International Law

CERTIFICATE​

Universidad de Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica, 2007 International Commercial Arbitration Latin American Legal Systems

CERTIFICATE​​

Uniwersytet Jagiellonski Krakowie Kraków, Poland, 2006 Law of the European Union International Business and Trade Law

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.S.) & BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.)​

The University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida, 1998 Communications (Broadcast Journalism, Spanish, and Economics)


Consulting

Consulting for the planet! Bonne Terre Consulting, or this “good earth,” provides strategic consulting services to help companies navigate policy and legal ecosystems related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues. We also help tech and climate-focused nonprofits with capacity building and program design.

Career Highlights​

Founder, CEO The Undivide Project​

Global

2022- Present

Washington, D.C.

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
2023- Present
Washington, D.C.

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​

 

Global
2023- Present
Washington, D.C.

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
Washington, D.C.


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.

Georgetown University

Adjunct Professor of Law
2019 – Present
Washington, DC.

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

Associate Professor
2019 – 2021
Newark, DE

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
Washington, D.C.

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

Professor
2019 – 2021
Washington, D.C.

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
Washington, D.C.

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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