Senior Associate Vice President for Community Engagement
Sonya has served in various roles in civic and community affairs for the University of Chicago for more than 15 years and currently manages the Office of Civic Engagement’s civic partnerships portfolio. She is responsible for local and state government relations, community and civic partnerships, and education outreach programs.
Prior to joining the University, she was the First Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Housing (DOH) and, before that, had a distinguished career in commercial banking at the First National Bank of Chicago and Continental Bank. She serves on the boards of the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community, the Network of Woodlawn, the Endeleo Institute, High Jump, and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and the Associate Board of the Chicago Sinfonietta.
Sonya holds a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and a Master of Management degree in Real Estate, Organizational Behavior, and Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She also is a past Fannie Mae Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in its Program for State and Local Government Leaders.