Monika Kincheloe leads the GradNation and Every School Healthy campaigns at America’s Promise Alliance and is part of the How Learning Happens leadership team. In this role, Monika works closely across teams at America’s Promise, including the Center for Promise, and with a range of national partner organizations and community- and state-level organizations. She contributes to organizational leadership and impact by synthesizing and connecting the research, practice, and policy on education and well-being for young people.
Prior to joining America’s Promise, Monika was a lead program officer at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of the Deputy Secretary and in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. She provided policy translation, technical assistance, and performance management services to education leaders in 11 state education agencies. A long time ago, Monika was a fourth-grade teacher in Marianna, AR in the Mississippi Delta where her students achieved more than one year of growth in a single academic year. During those years, she lived on a cotton farm without internet.
Monika holds a B.S. in Public Health from the George Washington University and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. She was a Presidential Management Fellow and a Leadership for Educational Equity Public Leaders Fellow. Monika is a new mom who is finding her way back to her yoga practice, traveling, and her favorite outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and camping.