Passion for history drives Monica Bauer-Federman

Monica Bauer-Federman is an assistant director at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) San Diego Regional Office. She was born and raised in Mexico City. She holds a bachelor’s in science in computer systems and a master’s degree in history.

Bauer-Federman moved to San Diego with her husband and children in 1999. Her work at the ADL focuses on intergroup and interfaith relations. She gives presentations on subjects such as diversity, immigration, hate speech and hate crimes. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Hebrew.

She’s married to David Federman and has three children: Daniela, Gabriel and Uri.

What brought you to this area?

Friends, great schools, beautiful parks, easy access to freeways, and closeness to the ocean.

What makes this town special to you?

The community. I love how families participate in recreational soccer, little league baseball and basketball.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I’d definitely add places that I could walk to. I grew up in a metropolis and I miss walking to the coffee shop or to buy milk.

Who or what inspires you?

I’m inspired by ordinary people who do extraordinary things.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

Moses, Doña Gracia Mendes, Theodor Herzl, Emile Zola, Pilar Rahola, Raoul Wallenberg, Martin Luther King and Pedro Almodovar. Could I choose a few more?

Tell us about what you are currently reading.

Jacob Burckhardt’s “The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy,” because I am planning a trip to Italy.

What is your most-prized possession?

My art, I absolutely love art, especially Mexican art.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy going to the theaters and watching movies. The quality of the theater in San Diego is amazing. I love walking at the beach, it’s a great luxury that we have here. I also love to eat, so barbecues with friends and family are always fun.

Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

Getting my master’s degree in history while working a full-time job in the office and being a mother of three children.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

“Never argue with an idiot. You will descend to his level, and once there, he will win by experience.”