Vice President of Community Engagement and Strategic Planning
Monica Chavez-Silva leads Community Enhancement’s strategic and operational activities. This includes assessing campus and community needs, collaborating with college and community leadership, overseeing local grant-making activities, stewarding outreach programming, and driving collective impact initiatives to enhance the social and economic vitality in Grinnell. She currently serves on the board of the International Town and Gown Association, the Advisory Council for the Anchor Institution Taskforce, and most recently appointed by Governor Reynolds to the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. Prior to Grinnell College, Monica served as consumer research specialist and brand strategist at Leo Burnett Chicago, including a gap year in South America to establish a research office for Leo Burnett in Santiago, Chile.