Monona has worked in social change philanthropy over three decades. From 2004-17, she designed and directed the Capacity Building Initiative of the Four Freedoms Fund, providing grants, training, shared metrics, and peer learning to strengthen the U.S. pro-immigrant field. As a member of the Four Freedoms Fund team, she helped to raise and regrant over $100 million to 200 organizations. In 2010, Monona co-created and launched the Freedom from Fear Award, a one-time national prize honoring ordinary people for extraordinary acts of courage. Monona has also consulted for the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. She began working in philanthropy at the North Star Fund and F.B. Heron Foundation. As an activist, Monona is a co-founder and former staff director of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities. Most recently, she published her mother’s memoirs: Riding With The Wind: Three Generations of My Family in China by Fay Hoh Yin. Monona is a Yale graduate and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.