Monica Hobbs Vinluan, J.D., joined the YMCA of the USA in 2007 to design, launch and execute various projects of Y-USA’s Healthier Communities Initiatives. She currently serves as Director for Healthier Communities Initiatives, which catalyze community and state level leadership teams to ensure that strategies and policies are in place that allow people to make healthy choices where they live, work, learn and play. Working in more than 240 communities, Y-USA’s Healthier Communities Initiatives are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other funders and include Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC), Action Communities for Health, Innovation and Environmental Change (ACHIEVE), Statewide PHC, Community Transformation Grants (CTG), and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH).
Monica serves as a strategic advisor to various Foundations and Boards and works with various coalitions advocating for physical activity, healthy eating, and health equity policy strategies. She has served as a government relations professional on a variety of health and well-being issues for fifteen years and has been a professional advocate for health promotion issues for 19 years. Her experience includes working for a U.S. Senator, serving as a child and family advocate, a Regulatory Counsel for healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, and Legislative Counsel and lobbyist. She completed her Juris Doctorate at the American University Washington College of Law and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech. Her hobbies include playing with her family, volunteering in her children’s school and being outdoors.