Monica Banks is a mother to two cool industry kids, an advocate for Criminal Justice Reform and Cultural Fairness within the school systems. She is also the Founder and CEO of Unfinished Journey, an agency that replaces traditional recruiting with digital tools to help individuals impacted by the Criminal Justice System gain meaningful employment. The mission that is dear to her heart is helping women and men transition back into society through employment and housing.
Monica is passionate about changing the unjust sentencing practices that landed her and millions of other non-violent low offenders in prison. Her passion and work in that field has lead her to be a speaker at the Central Penn Business Journal Black Tie Business of the Year event and to work with the Reform Alliance to plan and organize efforts in the state of Pennsylvania. Monica also fought East Pennsboro School Board in Pennsylvania for violating it’s own student policy governing seniors who live outside of the district and won her fight having the School Board adopt a clearer, revised policy.
She’s has been featured numerous times in her hometown local newspaper, PennLive as well as in a collective documentary alongside Van Jones, Michael Rubin and Meek Mill.
She is a 2019 Faces of Women Imprisoned cohort member. Monica has received many notable awards for academic achievements, recognition of valuable contributions and scholarships for essays written. Outside of advocacy work, she is committed to being a momanger to her daughter who is a professional child model and her son who is a music producer. Monica is currently working on a memoir detailing her life as a mother impacted by the criminal justice system. She continues to make strides in her advocacy work, proving that she is a force to be reckoned with.