Monique Tate is a devoted community activist, committed to service in Detroit for over 25 years. The primary focus of Monique’s work is inspiring youth to achieve personal success, promoting lifelong learning, and strengthening pathways to education in technology. As an advocate for the MorningSide community for the past eight years, she has led community-wide initiatives like the City of Detroit’s Candidates’ Forum and educational programs about black history & Dr. Martin Luther King. She also championed the MorningSide Safety on the Rise event, which was a coordinated effort to increase neighborhood security and wellbeing. The event attracted more than 300 attendees and garnered the attention of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Michigan Community Resources
(MCR), who awarded the MorningSide Board with a Detroit Community Development Award in 2015.
Monique has over 20 years of management-level corporate experience in commercial insurance, marketing, event planning, and diversity and inclusion. She also received community organizing training from Michigan Community Resources, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, and Eastside Community Network.
Currently, Monique volunteers with MorningSide’s Mesh Team, providing residents with free wireless access, and in the foreclosure control program. She also works to establish more block clubs and launch the first ever Youth Community Intern Program at East English Village Preparatory Academy. She serves on the board of Wayne Metropolitan Agency and the Detroit Community Nature Center. As MECCA’s MorningSide appointee, she hopes to continue efforts to increase resident participation in activities that improve our community; redevelop our commercial corridors; and enrich all Detroiters with more internet access and digital literacy skills through the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition.
Monique thrives on community engagement and being the ultimate networking and resource connector. This year, she partnered with the Wayne Metropolitan Agency, Keep Growing Detroit, and The Greening of Detroit to reactivate the Grassroots Community Garden at East Warren & Alter to provide FREE, organically grown fresh produce for residents. She is a loving wife, mother of three wonderful children, and grandmother to one marvelous grandchild. As a resident of MorningSide for over 21 years, her favorite things about living on the Far Eastside are her good neighbors; the diversity and quality of the homes; the access to schools; and neighborhood gems like The Alger Theater, the Jefferson Branch of the Detroit Public Library, and several, locally owned businesses.