Monica Santos-Pinacho

Monica Santos-Pinacho

Director of Community Engagement


As Director of Community Engagement, Monica supports our innovative public involvement work through inclusive and creative practices. She is a bilingual, results-driven communications professional who centers community, equity, and relationships in everything she does.

Monica’s background includes a robust history of building collaborative relationships that yield strong business outcomes. She is well-versed in developing and executing integrated communications strategies and engagement programs—with experience fostering media, partner, and stakeholder relations. Her passion is to increase the representation of historically underserved professionals in the workforce and design programs that elevate, empower, and help talent thrive.

Outside of work, you can find Monica traveling, enjoying a fresh cup of coffee, and spending time with friends and family.

"...make a dent in the universe"

Steve Jobs

Education + Recognition

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Marketing | Washington State University Vancouver

  • Minor in Political Science, Latin American Culture Studies and Spanish

  • Professional Sales Certificate | Washington State University Vancouver

  • Chancellor’s Award for Student Achievement | Washington State University Vancouver

  • Undergraduate Excellence Award | Washington State University Vancouver, College of Business

  • Scholar | LARGANT Foundation

  • Leader of the Year | Washington State University Vancouver

  • Emerging Leader of the Year | Washington State University Vancouver

  • Scholar | Vancouver Rotary Foundation

Community Involvement

  • Board Member | Columbia Play Project

  • Ambassador Board Vice Chair | Northwest Association for Blind Athletes

  • Committee Member | WSU Vancouver Alumni Group

  • Former Executive Committee Member | Clark County Career & Technical Education Consortium