Sonja brings more than six years of experience in grant writing & capital development, project design & implementation, and qualitative & quantitative impact analysis to the FUND team. Immediately prior to joining FUND Consulting, Sonja served as the Founding Executive Director (interim basis) for CDFI Friendly South Bend, as well as a key driver of the collaborative community organizing and business planning process from 2018 – 2020. Her earlier experience includes economic equity work for the City of South Bend, as well as serving as Campaign Manager for state and county-level political campaigns through Southeast Michigan.
Sonja holds a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on Housing, Community, and Economic Development from the University of Michigan, as well as undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science, Political Science, and Spanish from the University of Michigan. In her spare time, Sonja serves as the Board Treasurer for The LGBTQ Center in South Bend and as the program designer & volunteer coordinator of a Legal Monitor program in support of the Whole Woman’s Health Alliance Clinic in South Bend.