Jane Alonso, Senior Vice President, brings over a decade of results-oriented legislative experience to Monument Policy Group. Jane has a demonstrated record of achievement as a Senate staffer and a thorough understanding of the legislative process. Jane uses this experience and knowledge to create and seek bipartisan solutions to the complex public policy challenges facing Monument’s clients. Her practice at the firm focuses on energy, healthcare, emergency communications, information technology, homeland security, green building, and health and nutrition issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Jane worked for Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) for seven years. As Legislative Director from 2005-2009, Jane developed and implemented Senator Collins’s legislative agenda on a broad range of issues, including health care, energy, defense, foreign policy, and taxes. She also oversaw Senator Collins’s work as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and played a key role in assisting businesses in working with the federal government.
Her expertise on international trade issues, particularly related to China and Canada, has helped many businesses formulate their responses to trade disputes and navigate their relationships with the Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
From 2003-2005, Jane served as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where she handled Chairman Collins’s work on foreign policy, international trade, nonproliferation, intelligence, and international homeland security issues. Jane was also part of the committee staff team that the led the historic effort to write and pass legislation to implement the 9/11 Commission's recommendations to reorganize the intelligence community's response to terrorist threats. She began her tenure with Senator Collins in 2002 as a Legislative Assistant handling natural resources and international trade issues.
A native of Miami, Florida, Jane previously served as a member of Senator Bob Graham (D-FL)'s legislative staff, where she was responsible for the Senator’s work on the Caucus on International Narcotics Control and organized a key field hearing on the war on drugs in Miami. Jane also worked for Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and John Mica (R-FL), and volunteered for the Mel Martinez for Senate campaign.
Creating bipartisan relationships has been a constant focus of Jane's career. Jane was a co-founder of and active participant in the Senate Bipartisan Legislative Directors Group and served as a 2008 Stennis Fellow, a program that brings together a competitively selected group of senior Hill staffers members to foster bipartisan relationships and explore ways to improve the effectiveness of Congress.
In 2001, Jane received her Masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Public Service Fellowship merit recipient. She received her Bachelors degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1996.
Jane twice served as an OSCE election supervisor in Bosnia following the end of the war and worked in the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo in 2000. She is a triathlete, devoted cook, and volunteers regularly at DC Central Kitchen.