Monica Griffith, MPA

Senior Research Associate

Monica joined LFA in 2018 with a background in data analysis and educational programs. She is particularly passionate about programs focused on poverty reduction, housing, and educational equity. As a Senior Research Associate, Monica supports LFA’s projects through strategic data collection and analysis aimed at maximizing clients’ learning, impact, and sustainability.

Prior to joining LFA, Monica analyzed policies related to affordable housing and urban policy in New York City and supported international early grade literacy and girls’ education programs in Asia and Africa, including publishing local language children’s books and improving the diversity and quality of books in school libraries. Monica also taught English as a second language to primary school students in rural Chile.

In her free time, Monica enjoys hiking, swimming, crossword puzzles, and petting other peoples’ dogs.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Santa Clara University

  • Master of Public Administration, Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, New York University

Selected Project Experience

  • Evaluation of the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefits Program’s Resilience Initiative

  • Evaluation Partner of Life Learning Academy

  • Evaluation Capacity Building for Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)

  • Capacity Building for the Student Conservation Association

  • Evaluation of the Hawai’i Community Foundation’s Connecting for Success initiative

  • Strategic Planning for Walk SF