Monsurat Ottun joined the City Solicitor’s Office in April 2018. Prior to joining the City Solicitor’s Office, Monsurat worked briefly for Rhode Island Legal Services handling domestic violence matters in Family Court. As an Assistant City Solicitor, Monsurat has represented the City in a broad range of civil and criminal litigation matters as well as contracts. She has also worked on open government inquiries relating to the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) and the Open Meetings Act (OMA). Currently, Monsurat serves as an Associate City Solicitor as well as the City’s Chief Information Security, Data Privacy and Risk Management Strategist. In her role, she is responsible for:
- Prosecution in Municipal Court;
- Civil litigation;
- Advising URRP, BOPC and PHRC; and
- The City’s Cybersecurity initiative
Additionally, Monsurat, serves as the Muslim American Liaison for the City and, among many other staff members, offers support to the Mayor’s African American Ambassador’s Group.
Monsurat earned a B.A. from Boston College in 2006 and her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2016. During her time at Roger Williams, Monsurat externed for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for one year.
Most recently, in May 2020, Monsurat earned her M.S. degree in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance from Boston College and sits on Congressman Langevin’s Cybersecurity Advisory Committee. In her free time, she volunteers as a mentor/advisor with Social Enterprise Greenhouse, sits on the Board for Genesis Center, and assists small businesses as well as non-profits through her coaching and consulting services.