Monica Oliva has been interested in basic human rights, poverty, population control, sustainability, and scientific advancements since a very young age. With her father working in Central America for Agency for International Development, she learned first-hand and through travels that the only way to break the cycle of poverty would be through education. Her scholastic background is in Government and Politics and International Relations. Growing up in Washington D.C. allowed her to experience an awareness of the United States’ influence and responsibility in the world, and how a few people through strategic planning really can make a difference.
Monica has worked for the National Academy of Sciences, Committee for International Security and Arms Control and the Office of International Affairs, where she administered programs funding applied science and technology as well as participated on a study on the Management and Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium that ultimately influenced U.S. government policy. She was the Executive Director for Airline Ambassadors where millions of dollars worth of humanitarian aid were delivered all over the world. She was instrumental in passing the CASA Act, allotting several million dollars for training engineers and architects in the International Building Codes in Ecuador and El Salvador. Her hope as the Executive Director of To Love Children is to improve the quality of life for communities in the developing world through educational sustainability of the girl child. Monica believes that the cycle of poverty can only be broken by meeting basic needs in health, and education. Join us and listen as Monica discusses her vision for To Love Children and how it can make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable girls.
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