Monica Marie Avery
Project Director


Bachelor of Art: Cultural Studies and Dance
Chatham College, Pittsburgh PA

Masters of Business Administration in Sustainability
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Gratitude for the learnings from the places I have lived, my family and friends, the present moment, my perceived and taken identity, and my overall lived experience

About Monica Marie
[Pronouns: she / they / he

Monica Marie is the Finance Project Director at CompassPoint. In this role she is tasked, in collaboration with CompassPoint's finance team, with the grounding and creative work of dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s of the organization's financial systems. Additionally, they are involved with the collective process to evolve CompassPoint’s financial systems to become more regenerative and participatory. Using this knowledge, Monica Marie trains other nonprofit leaders to institute these practices in their own organizations, all towards supporting a nonprofit sector that is better able to align their finances with their values.

Monica Marie has been engaging in community organizing and activism for over 20 years. Monica Marie works to combine her experiences, interests, and education like a social justice transformer – to enable herself and others to imagine and create equitable financial systems.

They have been able to live into this mission during their time working in the following roles: as a Client Services Associate at an Oakland-based impact investing firm; as the Young Leaders in the Green Movement Program Organizer with Got Green, where he led a wealth redistribution campaign that created living wage green jobs for low-income young adults of color; as the Green Pathways Training Coordinator at Rainier Valley Corps, where she was able to continue the wealth redestribution campaign by creating and facilitating a popular education curriculum to prepare those young adults for their green jobs; and lastly, as a steering committee member of the People Economy’s Lab that worked with economic and community stakeholders to bolster Seattle’s local economy.

In addition to his professional mission, Monica Marie believes in the power of prioritizing social justice work and improving relationship skills to create a more equitable world.

As a Bay Area transplant, originally hailing from Chicago, woop woop, she is always motivated to laugh loudly and find her way to the dance floor.