Monica Brown Andrews graduated from Hamlin in 1984. She then attended secondary school at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts where she spent her junior year abroad in Rennes, France. After graduating from Andover, she studied Political Science and Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and then obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Hastings College of the Law. She became a member of the State Bar of California in 1996.
Upon completing her legal studies, Monica worked at a law firm in Brussels, Belgium for two years. While she was in Brussels, she obtained a Master’s degree in International Politics from Université Libre de Bruxelles. Upon returning to the United States, Monica worked for IBM, and in 2000 she accepted a position as in-house counsel at Equinix, Inc., where she works currently.
Monica’s career reflects her journey as a continuous learner and evolving leader. Although the foundation of her career has been the practice of law, primarily in the area of commercial transactions, her intellectual and professional curiosity has led her to gain a broad range of operational experience by leading teams in areas such as Finance, Business Operations, Customer Care and Post-Acquisition Business Integration. In addition, she has had the opportunity to travel extensively, live in other countries and learn other languages. Her current assignment has provided her with the opportunity to live part-time in Brazil during the past few years, which has been personally and professionally enriching. While her career has been unexpectedly non-traditional in many respects, it has allowed her to develop relationships with fascinating people all over the world, explore new places and enjoy developmental pursuits.
While Monica looks back fondly on her entire experience at Hamlin, she is specifically appreciative of the French curriculum. Hamlin laid the foundation for her work and studies abroad, which have been significant milestones in her life.
Monica served on the Hamlin Alumni Board from 2003 – 2009, during which time she served on the Events Committee and the Governance Committee. She has enjoyed remaining close to the School. For fun, Monica enjoys travel, learning languages and singing.