She emcees Ignite Seattle, a popular grab bag and community fueled speaker series, leads the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists as board president, serves on the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and in 2012 joined the Seattle hub of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.
A juror for the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes, Mónica contributed the closing chapter, “Community As an End,” to the 2013 book “The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century” and is vice-chair of the SPJ Ethics Committee, which just revised the influential SPJ Code of Ethics for the first time in 16 years.
From 2007 to 2010, Mónica launched and ran the award-winning Big Blog at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and seattlepi.com, complementing news and culture coverage with weekly reader meetups. From 2010 to 2012 she developed user communities for Seattle startups like Intersect, Trover and Glympse before kicking off her column in the Times.
She serves on the the board of the University of Washington Information School’s Masters in Science and Information Management program and is an advisor to Seattle international news site The Seattle Globalist.
Since 2007, Mónica has spoken about journalism, community engagement and digital media to audiences around the world. In September 2010, she traveled to El Salvador on a U.S. State Department grant to train local journalists on new tech tools. From 2013 to 2014, she dissected media tech trends as a regular panelist on PBS MediaShift’s weekly Mediatwits podcast.
Mónica is the recipient of the 2013 Northwest Excellence in Journalism award for Best General Column, Large Newspapers for her columns in The Seattle Times, and the same contest’s 2011 and 2012 Best Online Commentary awards for her columns on GeekWire. She’s been named one of the Top 100 Women in Seattle Tech, one of the Poynter Institute’s 35 social media influencers and one of the Society of Professional Journalists’ “Quill” magazine’s 20 journalists to follow on Twitter.
Before she made Seattle home, Mónica covered crime for the Houston Chronicle and higher education and features for Michigan’s Midland Daily News as a Hearst Newspapers Fellow. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Film Studies from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where graduated at the top of her class in 2005.
Mónica is a big fan of free WiFi, good boots and chocolate. In 2010, she married her partner in geekdom, Jason Preston. They live in northeast Seattle with their 2-year-old son, Julian, and a brand new daughter, Lina.