Mónica Villalta is Chief Diversity Officer, leading AIR's Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Her career as a diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence practitioner spans more than 25 years and includes multiple roles in the public and private sector where she has managed health care programs, monitored policy, and exercised leadership roles.
Villalta leads the implementation of AIR’s organizational strategy and implementation plans that reflect leading practices. In partnership with senior leadership, she established goals and a new D&I Council and deployed six new Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). She developed competencies and, with the D&I Council Training Committee, the first D&I Basics web-based training for all staff.
Prior to joining AIR, Villalta served as director of diversity programs for Kaiser Permanente where she implemented the award-winning Diversity and Health Series Peer Educator Campaign and grew the organizational training capacity from one dedicated trainer to 25 peer educators.
Before working with Kaiser Permanente, Villalta’s public health expertise was leveraged in several roles in Washington, D.C. government and community-based organizations. She was senior policy advisor to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Children, Youth, Family and Elders in Washington, D.C., and was deputy director for the D.C. Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs. She also served as a Children and Family Fellow with the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, and was director of programs for Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care in Washington, D.C. Monica’s interest in cultural competence began in her role as linguistic outreach program/field director for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital.