Monica Smith

Immigration Grants Manager

Monica Smith is an experienced educator and project manager who has worked with vulnerable populations in Africa, Asia and thee Middle East. Monica serves as Centro Legal’s Immigration Program Grants manager, where she manages a multi-million dollar grant portfolio and is responsible for building and sustaining strategic relationships with both private and public funders. She has previously managed migration-related programs for the U.S President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United Nations Development Program, the International Organization for Migrationm, and the International Labor Organization in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Monica holds a PhD from the National University of Singapore in Human Geography and has published over 50 articles and studies. Originally from the Bay Area, she began her career as a bilingual educator, working with Spanish-speaking immigrant children in Santa Cruz.