“Sonya is a tremendous listener who has a natural ability to ask powerful questions that often led me to reach transformative realizations simply through the process of responding.”
Sonya’s executive coaching is deeply influenced by her twenty-plus years of experience as an attorney and business owner. She spent her legal career representing defendants on death row and children serving life sentences throughout the American South.
As a leader in criminal justice reform, she served as Amicus Counsel in matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts on behalf of institutions such as the American Bar Association, Brennan Center for Justice, Constitution Project, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
By working to forge partnerships on behalf of her clients and in service of systemic change, Sonya developed a collaborative, creative approach to her leadership that she brings to her work as a coach in both the corporate and nonprofit settings. She has also experienced first-hand the challenges of recognizing when it is time to leave a career that has been the foundation of one’s identity for many years. She therefore loves working with executives who are grappling with transition, whether they are facing new challenges as they move up the ladder at their current organization, searching for work in a new context that better aligns with their values, or leaving the full-time workforce altogether.
Sonya is an ICF-certified coach and holds a certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She received her B.A. in Political Science cum laude from Stanford University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.
She spends as much time as possible soaking in every moment with her teenage daughter, Willa, before she heads off to college. She also loves hiking, traveling abroad, and cooking with her partner, Terresa.