Monique brings 15 years of experience to GPI from her previous roles in business recruitment, government and finance.
Monique was selected as GPI’s new president & CEO after a national search, and assumed the role at a time when strong economic development leadership was crucial to the region’s recovery. Monique is leading the organization into a new era, overseeing GPI’s efforts to grow jobs and investment in Greater Portland and ensuring the region’s economic development strategy paves the way for prosperity for all.
Prior to joining GPI, Monique was the founder of The Kenley Group, a Portland-based consulting firm where she advised and strategized with nonprofits and municipalities nationwide. Her previous roles included legislative operations chief financial officer for the City of Detroit, business attraction manager for the Detroit Regional Chamber and state and local tax consultant for Ernst & Young, specializing in tax credits and incentives.
Monique holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in international public policy from University College London. She has traveled to more than 50 countries.
Monique is deeply invested in the Greater Portland community, and serves on the board of directors for the Portland Business Alliance and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette. She is also passionate about ending mass incarceration. Prior to the pandemic, Monique volunteered at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon’s only women’s prison, empowering women through entrepreneurship.