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August 2, 2018 40 Under Forty 2018

Monica Obrebski

Photo | J. Fiereck Photography

Age: 31

Company: Foodshare

Title: Director of External Relations

No. of years with current company: 1

Town where I live: Avon

Town where I work: Bloomfield

College: Central Connecticut State University

Highest degree: Bachelor's degree in sociology

Monica Obrebski is the director of external relations at Foodshare, the regional food bank serving Connecticut's Hartford and Tolland counties. Obrebski is responsible for managing Foodshare's communications activities, to drive the organization's mission to solve hunger, while simultaneously promoting, enhancing and protecting the organization's brand reputation.

Obrebski is also responsible for planning and executing Foodshare fundraising event-based campaigns. In Obrebski's first year at Foodshare, she has fostered collaboration to enhance the communications culture and position the department well for years ahead.

What's been the biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

I have been blessed with opportunities to create moments of enjoyment for people in the Greater Hartford community. Most recently Foodshare held its annual Walk Against Hunger at Dunkin' Donuts Park. Many of the walkers who attended were clients who are food insecure. This event allowed them the opportunity to attend the ballpark with their family and friends, while enjoying fun activities like face painters and balloon artists at no cost.

How are you involved in the community?

I've spent my entire career working in the nonprofit sector. I currently work for the best charity in Greater Hartford and it gives me great pride to know that each day I wake up to do something with a purpose.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Being a new mom has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I enjoy spending time with my daughter, visiting a park or exploring new places in Greater Hartford. I believe that it is very important to have a healthy work-life balance.

What must the Greater Hartford region do to attract more talented young professionals to the area?

I think Greater Hartford has already positioned itself as a wonderful place for young professionals to thrive and make a name for themselves. In my role I have witnessed the energy, commitment and generosity of young professionals who come into our doors every day at Foodshare ready to make an impact in this community.

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

• I genuinely care about the work that I do professionally and personally.

• Born and raised in Greater Hartford, I am fully committed to helping this community.

• I am a team player — I am not driven on individual success.

• I have a proven track record over 14 years at two successful local nonprofits.

Fun Fact

I love estate sales! I am not a morning person but I will wake up bright and early to get to a local estate sale.

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