>> Monique Hoeflinger


Monique Hoeflinger has been active in social justice movements for the past 20 years, serving as a lawyer, organizer, strategist and funder. Her work has centered on the criminal justice system, LGBT rights and gender violence. Currently she is working with activists and funders to grow the movement to end child sexual abuse.

From 2010-2013 Monique was senior program officer at the Ms. Foundation for Women, where she managed grant-making and movement building initiatives focused on ending gender violence. Prior to that she worked with the LGBT Mentoring Project, a small consulting group that provided training and strategic support to LGBT organizations across the country. In 2008 Monique served on the Obama campaign’s national LGBT vote team, where she helped build the most visible and effective network of LGBT activists of any presidential campaign in history. 

Before joining the Obama campaign Monique served as chief of staff at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, where she led initiatives designed to enhance the organization’s effectiveness. Prior to that she worked on LGBT campaigns in more than 15 states as part of the Task Force’s organizing and training team.

Monique worked as a civil rights attorney for the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, an advocacy organization focused on prison reform. In 2000 she was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Foundation based on her work with women in the criminal justice system. Monique also has worked for the ACLU National Prison Project and the Metlhaetsile Women’s Center in Mochudi, Botswana.

In her next life Monique wants to produce documentary films. Until then she lives it up with her partner, daughter, cat and two dogs in Brooklyn, New York.