About Monica

Monica Lira Bravo has served on the Dallas College Board of Trustees since June 2016.

She is currently serving as Board Chair of the Board and has led the Board of Trustees through the process of becoming one Dallas College and led the Board’s selection of a new Chancellor.

Monica represents District 4 which is comprised of several areas in the eastern part of Dallas County, ie. Balch Springs, Buckner Terrace, Claremont, Emerald Isle, Forest Hills, Lakewood, Mesquite, Pleasant Grove, Seagoville, and Sunnyvale.

She is running for re-election to Dallas College Board because she knows first-hand that higher education can transform lives and communities and wants to continue leading Dallas College through its transformation.

A daughter of immigrants, Monica was the first in her family to be born in the United States. Although neither of Monica’s parents has more than a second-grade education, Monica always knew that she wanted to pursue a higher education. 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.

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 has been named to D Magazine’s Best Lawyer List since 2016, as well as was named to Dallas Business Journal 40 under 40 list in 2020.

In addition to her career as an immigration lawyer, she is an entrepreneur, opening her own law firm ten years ago, Lira Bravo Law, PLLC. As a small business owner during the pandemic, she understands the challenges that our community faced last year and is an advocate for the re-skilling of workers.

Dallas College has several programs that will obtain students a credential in less than a year and can prepare them to send them back to the workforce.

Over the years, Monica 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 currently serving as the Chair of the Adelfa Botello Callejo Foundation and as the Co-Chair of the DFW Hispanic 100 Latina Living Legend Award. For the last five years, she served on the State Bar of Texas, District 6 Grievance Committee, and the Advisory Board for the Dallas Women Lawyers Association. She is a Past President of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, a past fellow of the inaugural class of Latino Center for Leadership Development, as well as past founding chair of the Dallas Bar Association Immigration law section, and past President of the Emerald Isle Homeowners Association.

Her previous service includes 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 the Jewish-Latino Leadership Group.

Monica lives in East Dallas with her husband and three daughters.

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