VP of Talent and Equity

As Vice President of Talent and Equity, Sonya is responsible for First Place’s organization-wide strategy and systems to attract, select, develop, and retain the talent needed to fulfill our strategic goals, and also works to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization’s culture. Sonya is an accomplished Human Resources professional with over 37 years of experience.

With a background in corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations, her previous positions include the Head of HR at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco and Human Resources Director at Cogent Solutions and Supplies. Sonya’s deep experience includes talent recruitment and retention, employee engagement and relations, strategic development, and compensation and benefits.

As a former foster youth, Sonya is thrilled to be working for an organization that helps young people make successful transitions to self-sufficiency. Sonya attended the Golden Gate University School of Law and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State, East Bay, in Human Development.