Monica Alba has joined the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy as a junior fellow. Monica is an award-winning, honors graduate of the USC Annenberg School (Class of 2009). She earned her degree in broadcast journalism with minors in international relations and cinematic arts. She is the co-founder of the highly successful Social Issues Film Festival (SI DocFest), a high school film festival that requires students to produce short documentaries on social issues in the San Francisco Bay Area and awards $30,000 to students, schools and non-profits annually.
She has been a production coordinator for Chain Camera Pictures, working with director Kirby Dick (This Film is Not Yet Rated) on the political documentary Outrage which premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival in 2009 and with City Projects, working with documentary producer Philip Rodriguez on Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream, which aired nationally on PBS in 2007.
Monica was a top producer at Annenberg Television News, including the station’s live election night newscast in 2008. She speaks Spanish and French and has traveled widely. She is also an aficionado of international soccer, attending the past two World Cup finals. She is from San Jose, California.
Monica joins Rebecca Shapiro as our second 2009-2010 junior fellow.