Monica Weeks started MSW Photography & Design, LLC in 2016 and is the principal photographer for clients such as Amazon and Uber Eats. In 2018, she launched Se Habla Español, an apparel and design company with the mission to bring Latino culture into the mainstream and to promote the work of Latina designers. When she is not running her businesses, she is advocating for better wages and working conditions for union members at the International Association of Fire Fighters where she is the State Policy and Legislative Representative.
Monica is the President of the DC Chapter of the National Organization and was a national board member of NOW where she chaired the Immigration Protections Committee. She served on the Women’s March DC board as Vice President and was a member of the SheDC task force in the DC Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives. Monica managed the One Fair Wage DC campaign under ROC United, working to make sure tipped workers are paid a fair and livable wage.
Raised in Key Largo and Miami FL, Monica is a first-generation Cuban American and speaks fluent Spanish. As a first-generation college graduate, Monica holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science specializing in International Relations from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a graduate certificate in women’s studies from Florida International University.
Monica has been featured on Voice of America's Noticias and International Edition, NPR, Telemundo, and Marie Claire and her work has been featured in the New York Times and Impacto Latino. She loves Cuban coffee, reading, and traveling. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Ross.
"I have built my career in a variety of roles and organizations because I love being creative while also thinking strategically. I worked in international development for a time but felt disconnected from my work and the impact I was having on the communities I was serving. I decided in 2016 to start my photography and design business so I could make a living off of my passion. However, I noticed I started spending more and more time on my volunteer advocacy work in DC NOW and when an opportunity presented itself to manage the DC One Fair Wage campaign in 2018, I jumped at it. I am so glad I did because that opportunity led me to managing a campaign for the firefighters and now I have a job at the IAFF advocating for better wages, benefits, and working conditions for union members and their families.
Although running two businesses, managing an advocacy organization, and working a full time job can be a challenge, I love what I do. I get to satisfy my creative side through my businesses while working in the feminist and labor movements.
I am available for photography bookings and design collaborations over @SeHablaEspanolShop. Thank you for following along!"