Fundraising & Marketing Professional
Monica Lee Copeland, MFA, CFRE is a results-driven development (fundraising/ advancement/private equity) and marketing executive. She is a big-idea and trustworthy senior executive leveraging 20+ years of team-centered business management, tech-savvy marketing, and development as a chief storyteller, brand advocate, and philanthropic fundraiser. Copeland loves supporting $5MM+ nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher learning, and corporations offering products and services that create a better world. Her career nonprofit fundraising total exceeds $250 MM and she proudly holds the designation of Certified Fundraising Executive.
Copeland currently works for the Cerritos College Foundation as its Chief Development Officer. Prior employment includes owning MLC & Company, a boutique fundraising and marketing firm where she offered implementation consulting services to several for profit and nonprofit organizations. Copeland has also served Stone Ally and Clarke Financial in Chief Marketing Officer roles and held development and marketing leadership positions with Transamerica, IBM Kinexa, and DARE America, among others. Copeland has a long history of board participation. She currently serves on the executive committee of the Artesia Chamber of Commerce and Foothills of Los Angeles Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She is also a board director for the Cerritos Chamber of Commerce. Copeland holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA from Northwestern University.
When she’s not working hard raising funds for worthy organizations, Monica Lee Copeland can be found scribbling on a pad of paper at a nearby tea shop. She is an accomplished literary writer, educator, and performer. Copeland authored the poetry collection, Back to Concrete, and toured her work throughout the US and Europe. Noteworthy performances include the Opening of Chicago’s Museum of Modern Art, No Ordinary Flowers at Fountain Theatre, and a United Kingdom Black History Celebration Tour sponsored by Farrago Poetry where she was awarded for Best Foreign Performance. Ms. Copeland has been interviewed on NPR’s Artistic License by Victoria Lautman, Pacifica Radio’s Poets Café, and in international press. As the Host and Founding Director of Indelible Ink: a Vanguard Performance Art Series, a Pasadena Arts Counsel Emerge project partially funded by the City of Pasadena Department of Cultural Affairs, she features poets and writers like Eloise Klein Healy (California Poet Laureate), Tucker Smallwood (actor & author), Doug Kearney (poet), Swil Kanim (storyteller & virtuoso violinist), Jericho Brown (novelist), Marc Kelly Smith (founder SLAM poetry movement), Wanda Coleman (novelist, poet & playwright), and Katharine Coles (Utah Poet Laureate).
Ms. Copeland holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Vermont College of Fine Arts where she was recognized for Distinguished Service as a member of the Writing Program’s Diversity Committee. In this capacity, she created the Fireside Chat series, moderating faculty interviews on inclusion and difference. She also gifted a concordance of prominent Black American and African Writers to the College. Monica Lee has taught writing and performance workshops at Harvard University, Mt. Ida College, Regina-Salve University, Castleton State College, Occidental College, and several Michigan Public Schools via Inside Out. A resident of California, she began her writing life as an undergraduate at Northwestern University where she was an instigator in the burgeoning National Poetry Slam movement.
Monica Lee Copeland has a penchant for helping B2B and consumer audiences understand value propositions. She has authored cases of support, case expressions, memorandums of understanding as a nonprofit executive. As the owner of a consultancy, her response to RFPs garnered millions in new business. Copeland is adept at producing content for multi-channel communication platforms, including building complex websites, digital advertising, PSAs, social media campaigns, and print solutions. Take a look at samples of her commercial work.
She takes her motto, “A used key is always bright,” from Ben Franklin. A dynamic individual, she is proud of her ability to work across disciplines and lead a well-rounded life.