Monica Scott Beckham, Esq. served as Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel, and Staff Attorney of United Planning Organization (UPO), the not-for-profit community action agency for Washington, D.C. for over 30 years. UPO’s extensive network of agencies, organizations and special programs provides core services for low income residents in neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia. Services and programs include specialized youth services, job training, weatherization training, homeless services, Head Start early learning, substance abuse treatment and counseling, and housing initiatives. Ms. Beckham represented and advised UPO on a range of legal matters, including corporate issues, general litigation, board development and governance, labor and employment, collective bargaining negotiations, contracts, and real estate development, and not-for-profit governmental regulations and compliance training for board, staff and other not-for-profit representatives. She is a graduate of Howard University Law School, served on the board of the Historical Society of Washington D.C. and as an advisor to Decatur House.