Monique King-Viehland, Executive Director
Monique King-Viehland is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA). As Executive Director, she oversees 580 full-time employees and an annual budget in excess of $457 million. Mrs. King-Viehland previously served as Deputy Executive Director, and Acting Executive Director. She is the first woman and African-American to take the helm of the 35-year old agency.
Prior to joining the LACDA in 2015, Mrs. King-Viehland was Director of the Department of Housing & Economic Development for the City of Trenton, New Jersey. Under Mrs. King-Viehland’s leadership, the Department managed the planning and development activities of the City government and created and administered a variety of programs and services, ranging from developing affordable housing to recruiting businesses to locate in the City of Trenton. During her tenure with the City, Mrs. King-Viehland was credited with breathing new life into the housing and economic development pipeline, including working to secure millions of dollars in tax credits for mixed-use development and attracting new commercial and industrial businesses.
Mrs. King-Viehland was principal and founder of Obsidian Development, LLC, a real estate development firm specializing in residential and mixed-use development projects. She was also the former Director of Area Development and President of Campus Gateway Development, Inc., (CGD) a subsidiary of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, which focused on utilizing campus development efforts to facilitate community revitalization in the City of Newark. In 2012, she was recognized for her efforts, as #44 in the NJBIZ “Power 50” in Real Estate.
Mrs. King-Viehland has nearly 20 years of experience in housing, community and economic development, primarily in the area of community building and neighborhood revitalization. She has been integrally involved in the development of hundreds of single- and multifamily affordable housing, mixed-income, and mixed-use developments.
In September 2009, Mrs. King-Viehland was inducted into the State of New Jersey’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission inaugural “Academy of Leaders” in recognition of her commitment to and passion for contributing to society in the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Mrs. King-Viehland is a 2010 Leadership Trenton Fellow, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a former member of the Greater Trenton Initiative, a former member of the New Jersey Future Board of Trustees, a former member of the YWCA Board of Trustees, a former member of the I Am Trenton Community Foundation Board of Trustees, and a former member of the Trenton Downtown Association Board of Directors. In 2008, Mrs. King-Viehland was featured in “If I’d Known Then,” a book by bestselling author Ellyn Spragins. In the book, Spragins asked extraordinary women under 40 to “write letters to the girls they once were, filled with the advice and insights they wish they’d had when they were younger.” In 2004 she was honored as a WQED Public Broadcasting & Pittsburgh Magazine “40 Under 40” Award recipient, which recognizes 40 talented individuals under the age of 40 who are making a positive impact on the region’s development and a Coro Women in Leadership Designee.
Mrs. King-Viehland has a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College, Northampton, MA where she graduated with honors.
She resides in Glendale with her husband, Brian Viehland and her two children, Sekou and Zora.