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 Monarch School CEO Is Someone to be Admired

The students at Monarch School have always known their Chief Executive Officer Erin Spiewak was someone to be admired, so they were not surprised when she was nominated by The San Diego Business Journal as one of San Diego’s Most Admired CEOs. 

Erin Spiewak began as a volunteer and mentor at the Monarch School in 2003 and was awarded Monarch’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2004. Erin returned in January of 2012 as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Monarch Project where she leads the non-profit’s strategic development and community partnerships.

Monarch has served San Diego for over 25 years and is a model and prototype for other communities to combat homelessness through education. The school is a unique public-private partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools​ and the nonprofit Monarch School Project, a 501(c)3 organization; the County Office provides teachers and an accredited education, and the Project supplements this program through academic and enrichment programs including an after school program, expressive arts therapy, and counseling. The Project also provides healthcare, clothes, food and family assistance. ​

The San Diego Business Journal Most Admired CEO program is in its seventh year and recognizes industry leaders who excel in guiding their organizations to great success along with creating a vibrant and productive environment for their staffs.

“Our school is highly dependent on donations,” said Joseph Wiseman, Monarch School principal. “Erin makes sure the kids have what they need to survive living on the street, so educators can concentrate on teaching and learning.”

The seventh annual awards reception took place on Dec. 5, 2013. While Erin did not take home the top prize, the nomination was more than enough for Erin.

"What an honor and surprise to be nominated for the award,” said Spiewak. “I have a great job. The kids I work with every day are the ones to be admired, not me.”