Monica Montgomery grew up in City Council District Four. A native San Diegan, Monica’s legal career has been dedicated to the improvement and uplifting of the city of San Diego as a whole and the city’s Fourth City Council District. Monica earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Spelman College and a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. After passing the California Bar, she practiced law in the areas of civil rights, consumer, real estate, and bankruptcy. During the economic downturn, she helped community members keep their homes. Before joining the ACLU in 2016, Monica worked at the City of San Diego for three elected officials, including Councilmember Cole, Mayor Faulconer, and Councilmember Todd Gloria during his term as interim mayor. While at the City of San Diego, Monica served as a Senior Policy Advisor.