Mona obtained her MS in environmental peacebuilding from New York University and received her permaculture design certification from the Center for Ethical Living at Zaytuna College in Berkeley. She most recently worked as a sustainability educator with the Art and Wilderness Institute. Previously, Mona served with the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office on a global youth study. As a water security consultant for EcoPeace Middle East, Mona helped start a cross-border environmental peacebuilding program in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. She strives to honor her role as khalifah — an inheritor of a tradition that takes the covenant, the trust, as a sacred responsibility.