Monica Cerrezuela
Advisory Board Co-Chair, NLC Columbus

Monica Cerrezuela currently serves on the senior leadership team at the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) as Chief of Staff. In this role, she works closely with the President/CEO and Deputy CEO to help promote their strategic vision throughout the organization.

Prior to joining COTA, Monica served as the Advocacy & Community Outreach Manager at The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio where she was responsible for developing the organization’s advocacy program. In this position, she helped foster collaborative partnerships, educated lawmakers on issues, and created opportunities to mobilize the community around gender equality. Monica began her time in public service as an Ohio Legislative Service Commission Fellow. After the completion of the fellowship, she was hired as Senior Legislative Aide to Senator Kenny Yuko and then served as Special Assistant to former Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni.

A native of Canton, Ohio, Monica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. Monica stays active in the community through her involvement as an Executive Board Member for New Leaders Council – Columbus and her position as Chair of the Franklin County Adelante Democrats. In January 2020, she was appointed by Mayor Ginther to serve as a Commissioner on the Columbus Women’s Commission. Monica is proud to call Columbus home and currently resides in Olde Towne East.