Oscar Monge

Oscar Monge, currently serving as the Interim Executive Director of T.R.U.S.T. South LA, has been instrumental in advancing the organization’s mission since 2017 to reclaim land and housing from the speculative market for permanent affordable housing, racial and economic justice, and community empowerment in South LA.  With over a decade of experience in nonprofit and public sector leadership, Oscar has played a key role in leading transformative community ownership and affordable housing initiatives at T.R.U.S.T. South LA. Collaborating closely with the executive team and board of directors, he guides strategic directions and operational decisions, with a focus on project management, fundraising, and advocacy for climate justice.

Oscar’s dedication to combating displacement and promoting tenant ownership policies is demonstrated through his leadership and coalition-building efforts in Los Angeles and across California. Since assuming the role of Board President of the California Community Land Trust Network in 2021, Oscar has been pivotal in advancing the Community Land Trust (CLT) movement statewide.

In addition to his responsibilities at T.R.U.S.T. South LA, Oscar recently joined the Board of Directors of LA Mas, where he co-chairs the Community Housing Committee, further expanding his impact on community-driven housing initiatives.

Oscar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College and a Master’s in Urban Planning from USC, specializing in climate change, community development, and sustainability. His commitment to stabilizing gentrifying neighborhoods underscores his vision for equitable community building and empowerment through community control.