Special Assistant to the Chief, Equity & Inclusion
Monica Grover is the Special Assistant to the Chief of Equity and Inclusion, Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, at NCRC. She is passionate about the opportunity to support the work of tackling racial economic inequality and building wealth amongst low-income communities of color.
Prior to NCRC, Grover was a project manager at the Institute of International Education. She designed and implemented the content and program development for international visitors, which entailed creating and scheduling programming with interlocutors in Washington, D.C., and nationwide. She communicated regularly with community-based members to identify and secure content provider relationships and liaised with U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and other key stakeholders on all aspects of program implementation, including troubleshooting sensitive grantee issues.
Grover also has extensive experience as an entrepreneur. For nearly 6 years, she co-owned and operated Bazaar Spices, Washington, D.C.’s, first locally-owned and operated gourmet spice shop. She has several years of experience in business development, community building, digital marketing and communications. Throughout her business career, Grover’s dynamic use of photography and video technology enhanced business brand awareness and expanded development efforts. In addition, Grover’s understanding of local, community-based retailing gained by extensive work at her parents’ grocery business for over 20 years assisted her in making Bazaar Spices a unique shopping destination and experience for all visitors.
In addition, Grover has a great deal of experience working with international communities, building programs and relationships and managing teams of individuals. While at The Global Fund for Children, she managed over 30 sites and nearly 100 educators globally for the Adobe Youth Voices and Nike Foundation’s Grassroots Girls Initiative programs. She worked to support youth around the world in using creative technology to share their stories of social change.
Grover received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Italian from Mount Holyoke College, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Sports Management from the University of San Francisco.