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Summary

Sonya works with governments and organizations across the U.S. to tackle some of today's most pressing issues, including climate change and racial equity. Her approach blends data and evidence with relationships, human impact, and trust.

Education

  • MPA, Environmental Policy, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • BA, Public Policy, University of Michigan

Delivery Experience

On the American Cities Climate Challenge – an accelerator program that helps cities meet ambitious climate goals – Sonya helps lead a team of city coaches, and has worked directly with four cities (Charlotte, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati) to pass and implement major initiatives that expand renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, and decarbonize transportation. She helps measure and capture our impact on emissions, and co-leads our work to embed racial equity across our climate work.

Sonya also works with Results for America to ensure states and federal agencies are equipped with best practices in evidence-based, data-driven policymaking. She has also helped develop data systems for Mayors to use in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other Experience

Prior to joining DA, Sonya was a Senior Program Manager for a development economics research program at Harvard Kennedy School, where she focused on women's economic empowerment, air quality, and social programs in India and Nepal.

At the World Resources Institute, she worked to embed core principles of environmental sustainability in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and supported organizational growth.

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