Chief Implementation Officer for The Fab Foundation. This spin off of the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) supports communities all over the world in innovation through personal fabrication and the scale of Fab Labs. She currently manages signature projects with Chevron, DARPA, and GE while supporting the organization’s strategic endeavors. Prior to joining the Fab Foundation, Sonya was the founding Director for a national placed-based education and community development strategy at the Sisters of Charity Foundation. She also managed a $3.5 million STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) effort as the Executive Director for Northeast Ohio’s STEM initiative. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Sonya is an active civic leader serving on a number of boards and advisory committees.
Additionally, Sonya manages her own consulting business, Synchronicity, a boutique firm that supports clients in the cultivation and execution of new ideas through facilitation, project management, and research & planning.
A sought after speaker with past engagements including Fab 13, The Moscow Maker Faire, NSBE National Convention, Make: Education Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, National Governors Association, and the PLTW Innovation Summit, Sonya contributes to the commentary surrounding innovation in education and workforce in today’s global society. In 2016, Sonya was honored by the White House as a Champion for Change and spoke about the opportunities for K-12 in digital fabrication and making.
Sonya earned a B.A. in International Studies and History from Kenyon College, and a M.Ed. from Cleveland State University. She also holds a Certificate in Executive Education for Appreciative Inquiry from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
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