We’re continuing our Meet Our People blog series with none other than our 2020 Community Lifer of the Year, Monica Wolf, nominated by Gus Brown.
Introducing Monica Wolf
When our team discovered her nearly three years ago, it was like hitting the jackpot. We were just about to launch a new community with our long-time partners at DMB Development – a unique water-centric community along the California Delta that was a little remote and a lot intimate with less than 500 homes. Since then, Monica’s role as the Executive Director in the Delta Coves community has uniquely grown and combined responsibilities in development, marketing, community operations, engagement and governance.
What do you love about working for Cohere?
The management style, from the Chiefs through the local managers, fit the energy I tried to fill my past business with. Offering support, whether it’s training or an ear to vent to, celebrating accomplishments, being flexible with life’s surprises, and “voluntelling” folks into spaces to grow within their career path. (I don’t know if that’s the actual management style but it’s how I feel it!)
What has been the most rewarding project or experience for you during your tenure with Cohere and why?
The most rewarding experience is on-going – watching Delta Coves open for sales, homeowners moving in, and witnessing the community growing! I love that our team is building the foundation for years to come.
What’s your favorite quote or mantra, and why?
From Star Wars, “Do or do not. There is no Try.” In its simplicity, it’s about commitment.
If you could have a conversation with anyone for one hour – living or dead – who would it be, and why?
My grandmother who passed a few years ago. She had such an interesting young adulthood and wonderful life perspective and I loved hearing about her life. I don’t think I got to hear all her stories.
Where would we find you when you’re not working, and what would you be doing?
You’d find me goofing around on trails with friends or on the coast. But most of the time you’d find me curled up with a book and my kitties.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Don’t make up stories.” It came from a sales course I took years ago and has come in handy across my entire life. From the sales side – don’t assume you know why they said no, ask. But across my life I try to never assume the reasons behind someone’s actions or words – I don’t know what’s inside their head or where they’re coming from.
What are you most passionate about, and why?
Finding my balance. I’ve worked really hard over the last several years to find the balance between work and play and health. It’s ongoing (and changes weekly!) but it’s so important to me.