Director of Programming & Events
Sonja Chen currently attends law school at UC Hastings. She earned her B.A. in SocioCultural Anthropology from UC San Diego, graduating with departmental honors of the highest distinction. Prior to attending UC San Diego, Sonja attended community college where her understanding of privilege, access, and community was transformed.
While at UC San Diego, Sonja began researching the history of immigrant workers in Santa Clara Valley. What started as a thesis project turned into a passion project that she has continued to explore with the intention of writing a book. During her research, the continually re-imagined legal limits that shaped labor in the contrasting industries cultivated a foundation for modern Silicon Valley that sparked her interest in pursuing law, particularly the intersection of employer-employee rights and transnational workers.
Previously, Sonja worked in Student Affairs and in multiple event management roles. She is excited to pair her professional experience with her desire to create authentically driven spaces that empower womxn of color to be seen, heard, and known. She is passionate about mental wellness and empowering others to be their most authentic selves. Her hobbies include reading historical non-fiction, painting, playing with her cat Rorschach, juggling, and communing with nature. Sonja also serves on the Leadership Team for RYLA 5170, a high school leadership camp sponsored by Rotary International. She has been involved with RYLA for nearly a decade and is driven by the manifested hope for the future of the world embodied in the youth she works with there.