Monique Patton Garvin is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Professional Writing from Winthrop University in 2014. Monique went on to receive dual Master degrees in Public Administration and Social Work from University of South Carolina in 2019.
Currently, Monique serves as the Deputy Director of the Violence Against Women Act and Human Trafficking Programs at the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office and a mental health therapist for children and families. She comes to this role with nearly a decade of professional experience in education, policymaking, program development, and research, with an emphasis on the effects of trauma and abuse across the lifespan.
Prior to this role, Monique served as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program Coordinator for the South Carolina Attorney General’s. In her role at the Attorney General’s Office, Monique coordinated statewide trainings for law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and other service providers of domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, stalking and harassment. She also provided technical assistance to Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART), Domestic Violence Council Coordinating Council (DVCC) statewide. Additionally, Monique spearheaded and implemented the Annual Silent Witness Program on the State House Grounds to honor victims of domestic violence.
Monique also serves as the Vice Chair of The Hive Community Circle Board of Directors, a survivor-led, survivor-driven nonprofit organization helping women and girls in South Carolina overcome the trauma of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. She is also a charter member and Legislative Chair of the COLA City Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., a national service organization focused on uplifting women and serving teens through their Top Teens Program. Other community involvement include: Columbia Chapter of NAACP, 2018 Graduate Civic Scholar, 2020 James Clyburn Fellow, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
During the 10th Anniversary of Teach for America South Carolina, Monique was spotlighted for her classroom impact as a 2014 corps member and her current domestic violence and sexual assault work in the community. Monique recently received the service award at Columbia Fashion Week and was recognized as the 2022 Columbia Business Monthly Best and Brightest 35 and Under award recipient.
Monique resides in Blythewood, SC with her husband, Kambrell, her daughter, Wrenley and her yorkiepoo, Chloe. In her spare time enjoys reading, traveling, shopping, and creating culinary delights.