Mona Masri is a Senior Director for Asset Funders Network (AFN). She works to advance AFN’s mission by leading its national programming around guaranteed income and intersectional and intergenerational issues related to the care economy. She also manages AFN’s place-based efforts in both the Bay Area and California.
Mona’s 25 years’ experience in community economic development and asset building/preservation encompasses leadership roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her efforts around supporting collaborative initiatives and advocating for policy change are driven by an ideal to reduce racial economic inequities. Her previous experience includes consulting with foundations to design and deepen their strategic focus on key solutions to address intersectional issues and solutions which can reduce both the gender and racial wealth gap. She had led the development of national publications focused on better understanding the issues, challenges and opportunities for funders and policy makers to address the women’s wealth gap.
Mona has long been motivated to support wealth building in lower-income communities through philanthropic investments and the development of innovative community-based solutions. She has led statewide efforts for Citi’s Community Development Group in California which included supporting the development of responsible financial products such as peer lending circles. Mona also managed the Northern California office of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a leading international non-profit humanitarian aid organization where she established a Financial Opportunity Center to support the economic security and mobility needs of refugees in Oakland.
Mona holds both a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Southern California. She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Bulgaria. She serves on the board of ICA Fund Good jobs and resides in Oakland, California.