Monica Rhodes is nationally known for spearheading efforts to connect communities around the country with historic places.
She holds degrees from the University of Tulsa, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania. As the director of resource management at the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, Monica oversees grantmaking to historic properties and develops strategies for preserving cultural heritage specifically representing communities of color. She also advises the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design at the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites, helping to establish partnerships to advance the Center’s work.
Prior to her role at NPF, Monica was the founding director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s HOPE (Hands- On Preservation Experience) Crew, which was created to expand the preservation movement to younger, more diverse audiences. Her leadership has been featured in Huffington Post, Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, Essence magazine and U.S. News and World Report. Monica continues to be at the vanguard of the ever evolving world of heritage, place, community, and action.