Founder & CEO, FreeFrom
Sonya is the founder and CEO of FreeFrom a national organization on a mission to create pathways to financial security and long-term safety for survivors of gender-based violence. FreeFrom’s social enterprise, Gifted by FreeFrom supports living wage, flexible work for survivors and promotes survivor entrepreneurship and wealth-building. Sonya has been a domestic violence activist since she was 16 years old. Before founding FreeFrom, she launched the Family Violence Appellate Project while earning her law degree at UC Berkeley. Based in Oakland, California, FVAP is the first and only organization in California to provide pro bono appellate legal services to survivors of domestic violence and has fundamentally transformed the legal landscape in California. For her work with in the field, Sonya was listed in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, won the Impact & Audience Awards at SVP LA’s 2018 Fastpitch, and is an Ashoka, Roddenberry, Uncharted and New America CA Fellow.
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