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Becky Monroe

Learning Session: Improving Community Relations in the Current Climate

On January 2, 2019, Becky Monroe became the second Director of the Divided Community Project. Ms. Monroe succeeds the Project’s inaugural Director, Grande Lum. Like Mr. Lum, Ms. Monroe comes to the Project with a depth of experience supporting communities in conflict, having served as Senior Counsel and as Interim Director of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Community Relations Service, with the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, as a Senior Policy Advisor to the White House Domestic Policy Council, and – most recently – as the Director of the Stop Hate Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Ms. Monroe has extensive experience working with advocates, community leaders, and law enforcement. With the Stop Hate Project Ms. Monroe led innovative legal and advocacy partnerships to support communities in the face of hate, connected thousands of communities across the country, and developed and implemented a collaborative training initiative for law enforcement leaders. At In the Civil Rights Division, Ms. Monroe served as the Director for Policy and Planning and Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Between the end of 2012 and January, 2017, Monroe was responsible for oversight of different aspects of the Division’s work, including policy, educational civil rights enforcement, and enforcement of the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationalization Act. She led the Division’s community engagement and outreach work, helping to ensure that community members had significant and meaningful input in the Division’s work.

While at the Community Relations Service, she led an agency with 10 regional offices and 4 field offices in implementation of an expanded statutory mandate empowering an unprecedented number of communities to prevent and more effectively respond to violent hate crimes and civil unrest. She worked with law enforcement and local government officials, community leaders, and federal agencies to support those leaders in addressing tension associated with allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin, and helping communities develop the capacity to more effectively prevent and respond to civil unrest and violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Ms. Monroe was a clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Concurrent to her work with DCP, Ms. Monroe will serve The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law as a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence and Adjunct Professor where she will teach two classes related to the work of the Project.