Dr. Monica Maybank prides herself on being a bridge builder. Growing up in the Orange Curtain of California in a predominantly White, wealthy, conservative, and religious region—she understands what it’s like to live at the intersection of multiple identities.
Launching The Almond Group at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic after serving as an education lobbyist for almost a decade, she has built a reputation as a strategic advisor and relationship-broker across organizations and ideologies.
Dr. Maybank leads strategy for The Almond Group and works one-on-one with executives, leadership teams, and diversity councils throughout the country to help shape and implement long-term strategic visions for organizational change.
Dr. Maybank holds an Executive Certificate in Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management from Georgetown University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University and a doctoral degree in education policy, evaluation, and reform from Claremont Graduate University.
Dr. Maybank has four daughters and is married to a United States Army combat veteran.