Monique Davis

Senior Engineer & Practice Lead
Skid Row Housing Trust
Robin Hood Gala Speaker

    As Chief Community Officer, Monique Davis is the secondary organizational contact for local, State, and Federal officials, government agencies, the business community, financial contributors, and the press to facilitate primary advocacy and ambassador functions. Monique previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Skid Row Housing Trust managing operations while overseeing cross-functional leaders to drive business continuity, administration, and project management. Monique joins the Trust with over 20 years of experience in the financial sector and service industries. At H&R Block she led operating hubs between Lending, Secondary Markets, Administration and Servicing Divisions overseeing records and collateral management requirements. At Morgan Stanley, she led the Corporate Oversight Division, which included; Human Resources, Risk Management and the Fraud Department.

    Monique’s extensive experience in varied private-sector industries provides her with a unique lens to oversee her current not-for-profit responsibilities. Previously, she served as Human Resources Manager for Drybar, a successful startup concept with over 70 locations nationwide. Weathering the challenging environment of the financial industry, from 2007-2013, Monique held Human Resources and operations positions of increasing responsibility at Morgan Stanley; Mountain LTD (an AT&T provider); and Equator, LLC (now Altisource). She enjoyed an 8-year career at H&R block as Director, Administration & Human Resources where she earned six sigma and project management certifications and was recognized by the Gallup Organization as a Top Tier (3%) nationwide leader.

    Monique began her career with Disney, leading their Human Resource and Training Programs. A native of Los Angeles, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Organizational Leadership and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach & Consultant (StrengthsFinder 2.0) through the Gallup Organization.

    As an advocate for affordable housing, in addition to being a member of several housing-focused organizations within the greater Los Angeles area, Monique was an early adopter of a nationwide partnership with Habitat for Humanity which allowed for strong community alliances focused on housing. Her history in the financial sector brought the opportunity for Monique to work on several HUD initiatives including Hope Now, an initiative to facilitate maintaining homeownership during the economic real estate recession.

    Monique started at the Trust as a Chief Administration Officer where she designed and administered programs, procedures, and guidelines to align the workforce with the strategic goals of the organization. With a comprehensive background in Human Resources and corporate administration, Monique understands compliance requirements, HR laws, and has the confidence and ability to make tough business and personnel decisions when necessary. Monique is a listener; she identifies and learns how challenges are affecting her organization and she solves complex problems with oftentimes simple solutions. She is adept at shifting mindsets and cultural standards in a proactive and positive way; taking what has been done well and maximizing it to become even better.

    Working to end homelessness Monique was recognized by US Bank, in conjunction with People magazine, for her work with Skid Row Housing Trust. As the Chief Community Officer she partners with multiple entities for purposes related to advocacy and ambassadorship for the homeless community and the 2000 Skid Row Housing Trust residents housed in one of their 26 buildings.

    She advocates for the homeless community in efforts to address the disparate impact of homelessness in the African American, Women, LBGTQI, and previously incarcerated communities. Those efforts address policies specific to these communities. Monique addresses the needs of these communities by providing suggested legal or policy changes at the appropriate government level and finds “This work, in particular, the most rewarding because I feel I am truly having a positive impact and helping to change lives for the better.”

    Under Monique’s leadership as the Chief Community Officer, Skid Row Housing Trust is constantly improving internal organizational effectiveness while diligently working to transform Los Angeles into a community where everyone has a home. Monique has led these efforts by placing an emphasis on client service & expectations, identifying opportunities, streamlining processes, and enhancing personal & professional accountability. Monique has also established a strategic direction based on creating a culture of learning and training which has resulted in significantly improved employee and client engagement and optimism.

    Monique’s executive-level strengths propel her to fearlessly direct, execute, and accomplish critical responsibilities within the organizations she leads. She has a strong, diversified business acumen and pays keen attention to financial accountability. Her approach to leadership has been defined as one focused on teamwork, customer service, and financial excellence while creating opportunities for staff to grow, learn, and operate within a positive and flourishing environment.