monicaMonica Valencia brings more than 20 years of communications experience in journalism, government and non-profits to Ortega Strategies Group. She wrote for several daily newspapers including the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.  Her coverage topics include prisons, politics, education, government and the environment.

After newspapers, Monica served as the Deputy of Press and Legislative Affairs for Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, who spearheaded the Los Angeles River Revitalization.  She was also an adjunct instructor at the University of La Verne, where she taught news writing and reporting. Monica went on to become the Director of Media Relations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic diocese, under the leadership of Archbishop José H. Gomez and Pope Francis.

Monica has served on the boards for The Daily Californian and The Pasadena Symphony.  She received a Society of Professional Journalism award for her coverage of corruption at the Rialto Police Department and was nominated for a local Emmy for a documentary she co-produced on the Los Angeles River Revitalization.

Monica earned a master’s degree in English literature from the University of California, Irvine and a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley.

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