40 Under 40 2020 | Monique McKenzie, Facebook, 35

40 Under 40 2020 | Monique McKenzie, Facebook, 35

Monique McKenzie already seems to have done it all in technology communications.

In-demand food-delivery app? Check. Popular ride-sharing app? Check. Telecoms giant? Check twice. Prominent agencies? Been there, done that.

She’s now in the rewarding and challenging position of head of lifestyle communications at Facebook.

Her work at the biggest social media platform in the U.S. includes curating campaigns about how it is building community, such as leading an integrated team on #Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020. The event toasted this year’s graduates, who didn’t get the walk across the stage for their diplomas as they had planned.

McKenzie also works to share how Facebook brings people together through initiatives like #GirlDad and the story of a Vermont woman who started a Facebook fundraiser to collect money for a janitorial staffer who cleaned a local school during the pandemic.

She has served as an influential member of ColorComm, the business community for women of color in the communications industry, as part of its New York City leadership team.

McKenzie also led the New York City chapter of Lyft’s Black employee resource group, Uplyft Forward, which encourages growth and community and works to increase the ratio of Black employees at the company. Since 2018, Lyft’s Round Up and Donate program has raised more than $1 million for Black Girls Code.

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