Staff of the Month: Mónica Diaz

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Name and Title:

Mónica Diaz, Administrative Manager.

How long have you worked at RYSE? 

I started working at RYSE in June 2011, so soon to be 7 years. 

How did you first hear about RYSE and why did you choose to get involved? 

I first heard about RYSE my senior year of high school through a friend who was a youth member at the time. I chose to get involved because RYSE was different. The ambience, the programs, and the staff were all so welcoming and caring something I wasn't used to. Before coming here I did not know what social justice work meant or how systems of oppression played a big role in my life and in the way things are set up. RYSE gave me the tools I needed to empower, express, and love myself. 

As the Administrative Manager, what do you do? 

As the Administrative Manager I manage the organization’s facility operations, vendors, and assist the Executive Director.

What do you love most about your job? 

I love how RYSE values youth voices. Since day one youth have been at the table working in partnership with adults making decisions for the organization. I appreciate that even though I don’t work with youth one on one anymore they still come in my office to say hello and have a quick chat, it warms my heart. I feel enormously grateful to be able to share a space with so many talented staff and youth who inspire my personal growth. I love my job because of the people who are a part of it. 

If you had to describe RYSE in three words, what would they be and why?


If you had any superpower, what would it be and why?

I would have the power to time travel. Since a kid I’ve watched movies about time travel and it just seems so cool. I don’t know where I would go first though still thinking about that…


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