Afira DeVries

Member Since 2022

Afira DeVries

President & Chief Executive Officer

Monarch School

San Diego Area

I've enjoyed a more than two-decade career as a social care executive, successfully leading innovation and growth for six thriving nonprofit organizations, currently serving as the President & CEO for the Monarch School in San Diego. An afro-latinx leader and applied sociologist, my goal is to inspire genuine cross-sectoral progressive movement related to equity and justice.


  • Public Speaking
  • Executive Leadership
  • Social Strategy


March 17th, 2023

From Savior To Servant: 4 Ways For Philanthropists To Avoid The “Savior Complex”

Servant philanthropists are committed to one core belief: that helping means working with, not for, those pursuing a more stable life.

March 14th, 2023

14 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Assembling a Leadership Team

To create an effective leadership team, it's important to consider everything each candidate can offer the business.

November 8th, 2022

14 Critical Signs Your Business Has Too Many Projects

Before taking on any additional work, it's best to ensure you and your team have the capacity to complete the work.

October 31st, 2022

Sociology Expert: Social Leaders Should Know Words Hurt When They Carry Stigma

Sticks, stones and stereotypes can all have a damaging impact on children served by social leaders.


Monarch School

Monarch School has served as a place of hope and belonging to thousands of unhoused students since 1987. Our unique and innovative Kindergarten through 12th grade school provides students with the stability and security they need to heal and learn. Nearly 300 students attend Monarch School each day and are provided a holistic education designed to meet their academic, social, emotional, and life skill needs. Monarch School is a trauma-informed and strength-based community where students can persevere through the trauma of homelessness that has affected them and their success in education. At Monarch, we give students the skills and tools they need to overcome these odds. From increased attendance and academic performance to emotional wellness and earning a high school diploma, students are defining success on their own terms and thriving at Monarch. The school is a public-private partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education and the nonprofit Monarch School Project, a 501(c)(3) corporation.


  • Education
  • Non Profit
  • Social Innovation