Monique Rizer is the Executive Director of Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan, cross-sector campaign to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America
Prior to this role, Monique served as Chief of Staff for Opportunity Nation's parent organization, Be the Change, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that creates issue-based campaigns designed to advance positive social change.
Monique is a first-generation college graduate and lives with her two sons in the Washington, D.C. area. She frequently speaks about the obstacles she faced growing up and as a young adult through her role as an ambassador to The Aspen Institute’s Ascend Program, which aims to help children and families achieve educational success and economic security.
Previously, Monique served as deputy director of military spouse programs for the Military Officers Association of America, where she conceived and built Keeping a Career on the Move®. That program earned the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) ‘Power of A’ Silver Award, was featured multiple times by the White House and continues today, having tripled in growth since its launch. Monique was recruited to direct communications for Child Care Aware of America, elevating the role that quality, affordable child care plays in early education and the workforce. She began her career as a marketer for a Top 100 accounting and consulting firm and served as a contributing editor to multiple publications focused on careers.
Monique attended community college in her home state of Washington and was part of the first class of Gates Millennium Scholars, a full scholarship that enabled her to attain her bachelor’s degree with distinction in journalism from Gonzaga University and a master’s in information management from Syracuse University.