Marci Monaco-Vavrik is the 2020 inaugural Jeremy Nowak Fellow at Reinvestment Fund. This competitive fellowship was created in honor of the late founder of Reinvestment Fund, Jeremy Nowak. As a part of her fellowship, Ms. Monaco-Vavrik will gain experience by rotating throughout the different departments at Reinvestment Fund. This will help broaden her knowledge and expertise of how capital and analytics can be used to create more equitable communities and the ways in which policy and practice intersect, as well as gain a deeper understanding of all aspects of Reinvestment Fund’s work. She is currently involved with a project on Philadelphia’s property tax assessment system and a national study partnering with the Institute of Museum and Library Services to assess the impact of libraries and museums on the social wellbeing of communities.
Previously, Ms. Monaco-Vavrik graduated summa cum laude from Temple University with a double major in Sociology and Human Development and Community Engagement, and a minor in General Business Studies. During her college career, she won a Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Award (LAURA) to conduct research with a faculty member focused on college seniors and their transition to the labor market. She also won the prestigious Robert K. Merton Award, given to the most outstanding member of the graduating class in the field of sociology, and the Diamond Award, the highest recognition by Student Affairs given to a Temple University undergraduate student who has demonstrated superior leadership, academic achievement, service to the University, and impact on a community.