Monika Gruter Cheney, J.D.

Gruter Institute

For over 20 years, Monika Cheney has served as Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors of the Gruter Institute for Law & Behavioral Research. Monika leads strategy, research, and fundraising initiatives at the intersection of law, innovation, economics and human behavior.  She is excited about the Institute’s contributions to topics such as the effects of human isolation in the digital age, understanding innovation, trust and cooperation in markets, AI and human behavior, and human behavior and leadership. Before joining the Gruter Institute, Monika practiced law for six years, most recently in the intellectual property and technology transactions group at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, Rosati, in Palo Alto. 

Monika earned her J.D. in 1998 from Georgetown University Law Center, and her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College in 1995. 

In addition to her work at the Gruter Institute, Monika is passionate about several not for profit causes including early-child education (raising funds, purchasing land and developing an education center in the heart of the Silicon Valley); raising funds and awareness for post-infectious immune mediated encephalitis (co-founding the PANS Volunteer Action Committee at Stanford Children’s Health, and the National Alliance for PANS/PANDAS ACTION “NAPPA”); understanding social development and dynamics in the modern work environment (serving for over a decade as a Board Member of the Berger Institute at Claremont McKenna College); and helping to grow federal funding for Lyme disease diagnostics and therapies (serving as a Board Member of the Center for Lyme Action). 

In her free time, Monika enjoys travel with family and friends, tennis, hiking, and playing ethologist by observing the family’s Bernese Mountain Dog, Marley.

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