California Regional Director, Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)
Monique Brown is a Workforce Development professional with over 25 years of experience. Monique currently serves as Bay Area Regional Director for the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). CEO is a national organization with 31 sites in 12 states, providing immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services exclusively to individuals who have recently returned home from incarceration. In her role, she provides support and leadership to sites 3 sites in California located in Fresno, Oakland and San Jose.
Monique previously worked as Director of Workforce Services for Rubicon Programs, Inc. where she provided state and federal contracts oversight and administration. In her role, she also offered workforce, program planning and design and community development assistance to local municipalities, nonprofits and educational providers.
Most notably, Monique has experience administering pre-apprenticeship construction trades training projects. In response to the Loma Prieta earthquake aftermath, Monique managed a large project 2-year project that both trained and placed 85 Oakland residents in skilled positions rebuilding the Cypress Freeway structure. Monique also served as liaison on the project, strengthening collaborations between community residents, Caltrans and The Building and Trades Council of Alameda County. She worked directly with large General Contractors on this project, including Swinerton Builders and ConocoPhillips - along with their chosen sub-contractors. This project was funded by Caltrans and The City of Oakland. As an Oakland native, this experience was life changing and served as a launching pad for her decades long career in Workforce and Community Development.
Monique attended the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in Political Science and completed a Management Training Course through the American Express Leadership Institute in New York City.