Mahnoor Abbasi

Economic and Community Development Manager

Mahnoor brings a strong passion to serve the underserved communities through an inclusive and equitable approach. This sense of serving and giving back to the community was instilled in her by her mother who has empowered marginalized communities by becoming self employed and financially independent. She could not be prouder of her role as the Economic and Community Development Manager at MBEP which allows her to do just that.

Mahnoor won the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study and graduate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies focusing on international peace and security. There she was also awarded the Peter Grothe Endowed Scholarship Fund for Women in Developing Countries. During her studies, Mahnoor supported several U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Energy projects on national security. She is also a certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and holds a certificate in Project Management. In 2022, she was invited to the United Nations Headquarters to raise awareness of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests and its cause.

After graduation, Mahnoor’s commitment to make a positive difference in the community led her to work on reducing homelessness in Monterey and San Benito Counties. Mahnoor successfully advocated for the regional Lead Me Home Plan for reducing homelessness at the Marina City Council meeting which was unanimously adopted. In addition to this, Mahnoor also managed the annual 2024 Point-in-Time Count through which she was able to recruit more than 200 volunteers to report the number of people experiencing homelessness. These numbers would help make informed decisions by the Congress to strategically reduce homelessness in Monterey and San Benito Counties.

Mahnoor was born and raised in Pakistan. She currently resides in Monterey County and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, creating art and traveling in her spare time.