Monica is an experienced business owner, community organizer, and legislative advocate for women. She successfully started her own business, MSW Photography & Design where she is the principal photographer shooting for clients such as Amazon and Uber Eats. She recently 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.
Monica is the President of the DC Chapter of the National Organization and was a national board member of NOW where she chaired the Immigrations 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 wage. She has a passion for mission-driven change and has skills in partnership development, team leadership, and effective communication.
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 ImpactoNY. She loves Cuban coffee, reading, and traveling. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Ross.
MSW Photography & Design offers photography services & designs Latino apparel and goods over @SeHablaEspanolShop. Want to work together? We're available for:
- photography bookings
- design collaborations
- Hispanic & woman-owned
- 12+ years photography
- 8+ years marketing & social media
- 6+ years project, budget, and event management
- Uber Eats
- Union Kitchen
- Change to Win
- Alianza de Campesinas
- National Organization for Women
- American Association of University Women
- Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States