Monica Hardman is an experienced leader and public administrator with over 15 years working in various roles related to community development. She was promoted to Deputy Director for the City of Cincinnati Department of Community and Economic Development in February of 2017 after successfully managing the Department’s Housing Division for two years. During her time as the Housing Division Manager, Monica oversaw approximately $359 million in housing investment leading to the creation or rehabilitation of over 1,300 housing units and was a major proponent for creating affordable housing options throughout Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods.
In her current role, Monica oversees the work of 85 staff members across seven different departmental divisions including Housing, Economic Development, Major Projects, Monitoring and Compliance, Fiscal and Operations, Policy and Communication, and Parking.
Prior to joining the City of Cincinnati in 2010, Monica was Finance Manager for the Atlanta Housing Authority. She has also worked for City of Atlanta, and Fifth Third Bank.
Monica holds a Masters of Community Planning and Economic Development with a specialty in Housing from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology from Miami University (Ohio). She is also certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional and Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council and Certified HOME Program Specialist in both Administration and Regulations from HUD.
Outside of the workplace, Monica is a proud mother, motorcycle enthusiast, and engaged community member serving on the Community Development Advisory Board and is a Board Member and Finance Chair for the Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation.