At-Large Member 2021-2023
When Dr. Monique Perry-Graves joined the Junior League of Charlotte (JLC) over a decade ago, she was inspired to build relationships and serve those around her. An award-winning administrator, educator, leadership coach, speaker, and author, Monique considers education and community impact her calling. Her leadership has nurtured a community within JLC that embraces inclusion, equity, and learning.
As Nominating Chair on the Board of Directors, she created the JLC Women of Color Advisory Board, which is comprised of member women of color and allies. She also leads the Women of Color Affinity Group. The JLC Women of Color Town Hall webinar series, which Monique designed and executed, saw record-breaking attendance. In the same year, she put together the first JLC Virtual Leadership Summit, registering Junior Leagues from across the country, increasing unique donors to the JLC Annual Fund, recruiting further prospective members, and increasing access to and representation of JLC.
Monique lends her business and education expertise to other nonprofit boards as a member of the United Way of York County Root Cause Task Force; the North Carolina Central University College of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities advisory board; the Aspen Institute Alumni advisory board; and on the board of directors and Fund Development Committee of the Florence Crittenton Services of North Carolina. Among many honors, she was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women of 2020 by The Mecklenburg Times and an Aspen Institute Presidential Fellow for Community College Excellence.
In June 2021, Monique was named the new statewide Executive Director for Teach for America: North Carolina. In her role she will serve as chief executive for the state in support of TFA’s mission to find, develop, and support a diverse network of leaders working together to end educational inequity. Prior to this role, she spent over 11 years as a community college leader, most recently serving as York Technical College’s Campus Operating Officer and Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, and held prior roles leading the College’s marketing efforts and serving as full-time faculty.
Monique earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from North Carolina Central University, her Master of Arts in Strategic Communications and Leadership from Seton Hall University, and her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida.