Monique Johnson moved to the Bronx when she was four years old, and she’s lived here ever since. Her life is a story of overcoming adversity, of the triumph of faith, of building community, and of compassion for all. Monique grew up in Throggs Neck and has spent her entire life in public housing. After struggling with drug addiction at a young age, she ended up in prison for two years, where she discovered faith and chose to dedicate her life to giving back to the community that raised her. Monique gave her life over to the people of the Bronx, and for the next 30 years, public service would be her highest calling.
In 1992 Monique became the President of the Throggs Neck Residents Council, coming back to the place she has always called home. There, she began to build the relationships that were necessary to improve the Bronx, from the NYPD to our elected officials in City Hall and local faith and community leaders. As the President of the Throggs Neck Residents Council, she took on issues ranging from violence to drug addiction to weeding out corruption in the New York City Housing Authority. Her job was to serve the community and make the Bronx a better place, whatever it took.
Seeking to further grow with her community, Monique became involved with Community Board 10. She continues to help young children and teens escape the vicious cycles of addiction and violence they had been caught up in. She also became a devoted member of Morningstar Full Gospel Assembly, where she attends today and began working with people from all religious, ethnic, and political backgrounds to make the Bronx and New York City a better place to live. It was here that Monique learned an important lesson she’ll carry onto the New York City Council: we can do more for our communities when we do it together.
Today, Monique continues her work as the President of the Throggs Neck Residents Council, Community Board 10, and is a devoted mother, grandmother, and child of God. As the pandemic hit New York City last year, she hosted community prayer events and gave out food and water to those most in need. She’s running for City Council to continue giving back to her community, and because she has the record, the relationships, and the results to deliver for the Bronx on the issues that matter most. Join Monique and Become the Future of District 13!