Monica Lira Bravo is running for Dallas County Community College Board of Trustee, District #4 because she believes that a solid education is the key to success and key to ending generational poverty.
A daughter of immigrants, Monica was the first in her family to be born in the United States. An East Dallas native, Monica graduated from The Hockaday School, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in French from Southern Methodist University and her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. She is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is the owner and managing attorney of Lira Bravo Law, PLLC. She was recognized as a Rising Star in Immigration Law by Texas Super Lawyers Magazine and Texas Tech University School of Law awarded her with the Bob Black Leader Award.
Although neither of Monica’s parents has more than a second-grade education, Monica always knew that she wanted to pursue a higher education. As a young child she loved to read and found great role models in her older sisters who laid the path for her by attending college before her. Her oldest sister, Dominga began her college education at a Dallas County Community College while at the same time working full-time and raising young children. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Amberton University and is now a teacher at Founder’s Academy in Southeast Dallas. Monica’s other sister, Nancy, obtained her bachelor's degree from SMU and is now one of Dallas Independent School District’s top principals; she will open the District’s first all-girls primary school focusing on STEAM. Monica and her family have lived first-hand the American dream of moving from poverty to middle class in one generation thanks to a college degree.
In addition to her career as an immigration lawyer, she is an entrepreneur, opening her own law firm five years ago, Lira Bravo Law, PLLC. She is also very active in the community. Over the years, she has mentored many high school students and college students recognizing that as a first generation college student, mentorship is an important part of success in college.
She is the Immediate Past President of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association and currently serves on their Board of Directors. In 2015, she led the DHBA in raising over $70,000 at their Noche de Luz gala. The money raised will go towards law students scholarships, pipeline diversity initiatives such as: Youth Law Symposium targeted at high school students to inspire them to attend law school, LSAT prep course scholarships and the Latina Leadership Program. Monica is currently spearheading the Latina Leadership program, which is an initiative to retain and develop Latina attorneys, and to help Latina undergraduate students navigate the law school admissions process.
Monica is a fellow in the inaugural class of Latino Center for Leadership Development and serves as the President of the Emerald Isle Homeowners Association. She previously served on the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors; the Hispanic National Bar Association Board of Governors; Southeast Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; City of Dallas Judicial Nominating Commission; Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Board of Directors; and Hockaday Alumnae Board. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Texas Bar Fellows, Sigma Lambda Gamma Dallas-Fort Worth Alumnae Association, Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Jewish-Latino Leadership Group. She is a parishioner at St. Edwards Catholic Church.
She resides in East Dallas with her husband Alberto, an insurance adjuster who started his education career at Eastfield College and Brookhaven College before obtaining his bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas.