Since 2004, Ms. McKay has been working extensively in large, mixed-income project management, community development, real estate finance, and data analysis of large projects in distressed urban areas. Ms. McKay is a native New Orleanian and is a proud of her Post Katrina contributions to the redevelopment of her beloved city. In her current position as Project Manager at McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS), Ms. McKay is responsible for the coordination and implementation of mixed-income and mixed-use projects. Her activities include working with local agencies and officials, securing and leveraging project financing, and coordinating public and private partners. Ms. McKay’s current projects include serving as a consultant partner on the B.W. Cooper mixed-income public housing redevelopment, and serving as project manager for the off-site components of the Iberville Revitalization project, which was awarded a 2010 Choice Neighborhood Initiative award.
Prior to joining MBS, Ms. McKay completed a University of Pennsylvania Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence (CUREx) fellowship in New Orleans, during which time she served as a project manager for Columbia Residential’s Columbia Parc development in New Orleans.
Ms. McKay has a BA in English Literature from the University of Houston and a graduate certificate in Urban Development from the University of Pennsylvania. She is active in New Orleans politics and public policy, serving as a board member for Citizens for a Better New Orleans and as a policy committee member for the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance. Monika was in Gambit Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2011 and recently completed a grantmaking fellowship with the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans.