More About Mona
A First Generation American
Mona Das was born to Indian parents who immigrated to America when she was 8 months old with $6 in their pocket, and an unfailing desire to build a better life for their family. Her father worked tirelessly to become a noted materials science engineer. As in many Indian families, her mother was the foundation of the Das family and over the years taught many fellow immigrants how to get by in America. Both of Mona’s parents imbued her with courage, determination, and a strong work ethic. In the Das family, education was a top priority, and therefore Mona attended the University of Cincinnati where she earned a BA in Psychology helping her to excel in early roles within the tech industry, both internationally and domestically.
A Successful Business Owner
In 1996, Mona moved to the Pacific Northwest, establishing the roots of her early career and business success. In Portland, she enjoyed a successful career in the tech industry before launching MOXY Mortgage in 2004, a mortgage business focused on educating and empowering first-time homebuyers. Mona's passion for helping people who were underserved by other home loan providers helped grow the company into a 50-state lender. MOXY Mortgage has earned a Five-Star Mortgage Professional Award every year since the award's inception.
Community First, Always
Mona knows that the state of our economy shapes how we live in our great state. She also deeply appreciates that a thriving economy must co-exist with healthy ecosystems, which after all is why many of us live in this beautiful place.
In 2012, she went back to school to earn an MBA in sustainable business from Pinchot University (now Presidio Graduate School). She continues to serve on the Board of Trustees where she is one of the school’s leading fundraisers for educational programs, and mentors next-generation sustainable business leaders. Her commitment to equality—for immigrants, women, and anyone in our society who needs a stronger voice—motivated her to hold leadership positions for organizations including:
Women’s Business Exchange - On the board, Mona mentors and encourages Seattle-area small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future - Mona worked as a member of a powerhouse board to promote and encourage women taking leadership positions in sustainable businesses.
Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability & Innovation - Mona was appointed to the budget committee for the city of Portland and in a second role served as vice-chair, leading the county’s charge on clean air and sustainability initiatives.
A Social Ignition - As a board member, Mona helps direct a recidivism prevention startup. Its mission is to teach inmates the tools of entrepreneurship for a brighter future.
For the People: Integrity, Accountability, Fairness
Mona attended the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University in 2015. Her experience there cemented her resolve to run for office in order to more profoundly champion the rights of all people. It starts at home in Washington State’s 8th District. Her congressional campaign here challenges the absentee style of the current leadership, and is a statement on behalf of all constituents: she is going to bring Washington State to Washington D.C. where she will deliver results that will help every community across the district, and in Washington State thrive.
Bringing Washington State to Washington, D.C.
Mona’s own life reflects the unique diversity of the 8th District. She is as comfortable speaking with tech leaders and union workers as she is with farmers and ranchers who call Eastern Washington home. Mona believes that the people of the 8th District deserve a Congressional representative who knows that on three of our most important issues, more unites us than separates us.
Healthcare: In America today, no one should lose their life due to lack of access to care. Affordable access to quality care - especially in our rural communities - should be available to all, regardless of party affiliation or economic status.
Economic Development: Our region is booming, but not everyone is reaping the benefits. We need a leader who can help make sure our community's prosperity reaches all four corners of our state.
Sustaining Our Quality of Life: Let’s be honest. Some are lucky enough to be born here, but many more of us came to Washington from somewhere else. Regardless, we stay for many of the same reasons. Now more than ever, these shared qualities that sustain our lives must be protected.
One only has to try to find the current 8th District representative - in the District - to learn that is not likely to happen. The current incumbent is the embodiment of what both Republican and Democratic voters have said they are tired of - entrenched incumbents, flip-flopping to stay in office, and staying in Washington D.C. to avoid accountability at home.
Mona Das thrives through creating connections and working boldly on behalf of those she serves. Mona will cut through the noise and lead from a place of conviction and dedication to her constituency from Ellensburg to Enumclaw, and every community in Washington’s 8th Congressional District.