Senior Vice President of Storytelling and Development
Sonya brings a wealth of strategic development, advocacy, and communications experience to the role of Senior Vice President of Storytelling and Development. Her diverse background in the non-profit world includes grant-making at the Ford Foundation, Oprah Winfrey Foundations, and Crown Family Philanthropies. Sonya also supported early childhood education initiatives at the Ounce of Prevention Fund where she led advocacy and engagement efforts at the local and federal levels. In addition, Sonya brings deep programmatic expertise in international education and has directed a range of development projects in countries such as South Africa, Ethiopia, Benin, Ghana, and Haiti. Sonya comes from a family of educators and began her professional career as a high school French and social studies teacher with the Mississippi Teacher Corps. Sonya holds a B.A. in economics and political science from Yale University, an M.A. in international affairs from the University of Ghana, and an Ed.D. in education planning and policy from Harvard University.