Meet the Staff: Deb Monti

We’re thrilled to introduce Deb Monti, 826DC’s Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP) Manager! She’s an artist, an educator, and the new magic-maker behind one of our much-loved publishing programs.

Check out this Q&A to get to know her a little better:


Name: Deb Monti
Role: YABP Manager
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA


What drew you to 826DC?

826DC understands that writing is more than words on paper—it’s about being confident, listening effectively, noticing with intention, and joining important conversations. Writing-based resources multiply and cement themselves into tangible and long-lasting benefits for young people, and I’m grateful to be part of 826’s support network for current DC students.

What was your favorite subject in elementary school, and why?

It’s not a subject, but I was a big fan of lunchtime. Nothing compares to that strawberry milk in a paper carton.

What is one of your favorite places in Washington, DC?

The Hirshhorn Museum! If I’m not writing, I’m painting.

What inspired you to get involved with this kind of work, and why do you think it’s so important?

Having access to creative writing resources like 826DC gave me confidence and creative direction at a young age, and I want to pass that opportunity on to the new generation of public school students. Young work is the best and most honest form of writing, and giving students the opportunity to publish is just one part of investing in their success.