Carlos Monje Jr. most recently led planning efforts for a top-to-bottom review of the federal government for the Clinton-Kaine Transition Team. He previously served as Acting Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He oversaw implementation of surface transportation programs, the TIGER discretionary grant program, and efforts to promote equity and economic development.
Monje was previously Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council where he helped oversee all aspects of policy, message and event development across a wide spectrum of domestic policy issues, including disaster recovery, veterans affairs, and national service issues. He also was a founding staffer of the White House Office of Social Innovation, where he oversaw efforts to pass and implement the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
Monje also served as deputy policy director at Obama for America and a special assistant in President Obama’s DC Senate office where he handled homeland security and veterans affairs. Monje previously worked as a policy and press aide in the United States Senate and on a number of federal and statewide electoral campaigns.
A graduate of Harvard University, Monje is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He met his wife, Anne Filipic, while they both worked on the Obama campaign in 2008. Monje is the first in his family born in the United States. His family is from Argentina.
Education: B.A. Harvard University, History and Literature
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
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