Monica Hernández is the Director of Innovation & Partnerships for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). Focused on solving challenges through human-centered design and partnerships with the private sector and community-based organizations, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the Innovative Mobility Program; race, equity, and inclusion initiative; New Mobility Accelerator; Commercial Corridor Task Force; SACOG Youth Leadership Academy; and agency communications. Monica has a passion for leadership and talent development that emerged in her first career as an elementary school teacher. She is a member of Sacramento’s Urban Land Institute Executive Committee and chair of its Women’s Leadership Initiative. She serves as a mentor for the Women’s Transportation Seminar and on the advisory boards of the California Mobility Center and the UC Davis Center for Public Scholarship and Engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sacramento State and a Master of Science from Purdue University. In her spare time, she is an avid home canner and cyclist. She is currently reading Creative Quest by Questlove, Radical Candor by Kim Scott, and Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi.