Sonya Anderson, Ed.D.

Sonya Anderson is the former senior vice president for programs at Crown Family Philanthropies. She previously served as national director of the First Five Years Fund, which advocates federally for early education opportunities for at-risk children. Prior to that position, she was education program director for the Oprah Winfrey Foundations, overseeing development of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and managing other domestic and international projects. She also worked as a senior associate for Creative Associates International, where she co-directed education development projects in West Africa and the Caribbean, and at the Ford Foundation as a program associate.