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Monica Martens

As Manager of The Chicago Principal Partnership, Monica is responsible for setting the vision and driving the strategy for The Partnership, a collaborative of organizations that share a belief in the importance of principal quality as part of the city’s school improvement strategy. Monica’s efforts are concentrated around The Partnership’s current focus of advancing innovative new ways to strengthen the principal pipeline.

Monica began her career at MB Financial Bank (known as Fifth Third Bank) as part of the Leadership Development Program (LDP). The LDP is a 24-month rotational analyst training program designed to jumpstart the professional and personal growth of motivated new graduates using classroom and on-the-job methods. In this role, Monica rotated through various bank groups including commercial C&I lending, commercial real estate, and leasing. Through her work as an analyst, she was introduced to the world of community development and formally joined MB’s Community Development Corporation (CDC) in 2016. As an Assistant Vice President of the CDC Monica focused on affordable housing lending products, public-private partnerships, corporate philanthropy, financial literacy, and employee engagement. Most importantly, Monica worked to launch MB Charitable Foundation’s Education Initiative, focused on supporting local Chicago public high schools in post-secondary success. During her tenure, she worked directly with Gage Park, Wells, Mather and Curie high schools.

Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Economics from DePaul University. She’s been a big sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago and served on the Associate Board of Launch U, an education nonprofit that pairs young professionals with Chicago high school seniors to help expose them to college life and career opportunities. In her free time, Monica enjoys traveling, pottery and comedy in Chicago.

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