Monique “Mo” George or Mo (as she is often called) joined Picture The Homeless as the Executive Director in January 2017. Mo formerly worked with Community Voices Heard (CVH), often called PTH’s sister organization. During her time at CVH, Mo was the NYC Chapter Director of Organizing. Mo worked to advance CVH’s NYC Chapter work, which ranges from the preservation of public housing, supporting the need for low-income housing, and participatory budgeting.
Mo’s organizing experience begun in college where she worked locally with NYPIRG on varies environmental issues. Upon graduation, Mo began working with SEIU Local 1199 and was there for close to 10 years. After leaving 1199, Mo moved on to become the Lead Organizer at the Empire State Pride Agenda, where she fought for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. At Pride Agenda, Mo worked on various statewide campaigns including being on the lead team that developed the organizing strategies to win Marriage Equality across New York State. She also furthered the annual statewide lobby day, as it expanded from 400 to over 1000 participants. After she moved on from Pride Agenda, Mo joined CVH to work on something near and dear to her, public housing.
As a proud product of public housing, she feels that her past work at CVH has helped to preserve public housing, and the campaign has won over $700 million towards that preservation. Mo organizing work has lead her from meetings at the White House, to becoming a Professional Fellow with the U.S. Department of State through their work with the Greater Lakes Consortium out of Toledo Ohio. This work has allowed her to travel across Eastern Europe to places such as Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria, to teach community organizing as well as learn about challenges facing varies Eastern European communities.
Mo dedicated her leadership skills to her growth while attending college at SUNY New Paltz, where she held position such as VP Student Government Council, Black Student Union President, and one of the founders of the Rainbow Month (which celebrates diversity on campus), which is still celebrated at New Paltz today. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Black Studies and her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Metropolitan College.
Mo is beyond honored to be the new ED at Picture the Homeless and finds the challenge of organizing with homeless and formally homeless folks an extension her work to change the world and her deep believe that housing is a human right. When Mo is not fighting evil, she is usually traveling, at home catching up on sleep, or just enjoying New York City with her partner of over 10 years.