MOnique Tula, (she/her)

Executive Director

Monique Tula (she/her) is the Executive Director of the National Harm Reduction Coalition. Monique has devoted her career to lifting the voices of people pushed into society’s margins caused by capitalism and racial inequity. Central to her belief system is the deep awareness of our interconnectedness, regardless of individual circumstances. Her life’s work is a conscious manifestation of the belief that harm to one is harm to us all. She aims to live each day in the moment, in pursuit of balance, personal growth, and discovery—some days are harder to do this than others. Mother of Christian, grandmother of Malcolm, and life partner of Adam, she lives in Los Angeles with her family and their two agro black cats, Necro and Mancer.

Inspired by

Contributing to individual and community transformation

Outraged by

Colonization and commodification of poor and black and brown bodies for profit

Professional Affiliations/Accomplishments

Served as Board Chair for BEAM, a collective of black healers dedicated to the emotional and mental health of black communities

Served as Commissioner with the Los Angeles County HIV/AIDS Commission

Served as Co-Chair of the Boston Ryan White Planning Council’s public policy committee

Served as Co-Chair of MA Statewide Prevention Planning Group’s advocacy & activism committee

Served as Community Advisory Board member of Critical Breakdown, an intergenerational, socially conscious hip hop & spoken word open mic in Boston, MA

Former Vice President of Programs with AIDS United, overseeing the grantmaking and technical assistance portfolios, Washington DC

Former Director of Program Planning and Development with AIDS Action Committee, Boston, MA

An alum of the Centers for Disease Control’s Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership

Holds a degree in Community Planning with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Massachusetts

Holds a Masters Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Boston University’s School of Management