Oscar Monge is a native Angeleno that aspires to stabilize gentrifying neighborhoods through community building and community control. He joined T.R.U.S.T. South LA in 2017 as an Environmental Planner, was promoted to Community Development Manager in 2018, and recently stepped into his new role as Community Development Director to support T.R.U.S.T. South LA’s large scale and small multifamily housing projects, member & leadership development activities, as well as manage daily operations.
Oscar brings a broad range of experiences working with non-profit and public sector organizations focused on improving the quality of life of inner city residents. His passion for social and environmental justice started at an early age when he joined the LA Conservation Corps (LACC) and visualized how his own underserved community could be beautified with environmental work and youth economic empowerment. Inspired by these ideals, he returned to LACC and worked closely with LA’s inner-city youth to increase access to education and job training programs.
While completing his Master of Planning degree, Oscar worked with the USC Center for Urban Education analyzing Equity Plans for institutions of higher education and with the City of Los Angeles’ LA Promise Zone in their efforts to complete a comprehensive community needs assessment.