Each year, Partners’ Senior Management Council nominates female staff members to be spotlighted in March for Women’s History Month. These dynamic women were nominated not only due to their work within the agency, but also their contributions to the community.
One of our spotlighted individuals for Women’s History Month is Natalie Monden, LMSW. Natalie started with the agency in 2018 as a supervisor and has grown into a supportive leader that now heads the agency’s Home and Community Based Alternative (HCBA) waiver program, and the Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) program.
In 2020, Natalie noticed a need for a better system to address DEI requests in the workplace. She played an instrumental part in the development of Partners in Care Foundation’s first DEI committee and has since Chaired the committee. She has brought excellent ideas to educate the agency staff on key issues to address to improve diversity, equity, and inclusivity. She has been working with the DEI committee to bring regular DEI training sessions for all staff members. She hopes that by exposing staff to different DEI trainings, it will help improve overall communication, increase satisfaction rates, and ultimately deliver higher-quality of care for the diverse populations we serve.
Outside of her work with Partners and DEI, Natalie is heavily involved in her children’s school district. She was PTA president, Chair of School Site Council, is an active LAUSD volunteer, and coaches a co-ed minor basketball league for the Woodland Hills Recreation Center. She also volunteers as a facilitator for Pretty Brown Girl, a community organization that works to educate and empower Black and Brown young women by encouraging positive self-esteem and self-love.
Natalie thrives when helping individuals work through challenging situations and finding solutions that will improve access to resources that they are entitled too. She hopes she can continue to help individuals overcome barriers and always rise to achieving positive outcomes through her work with Partners’, DEI, and in the community.