WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Sonya Johnson

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Sonya Johnson has been serving the Williamson County community over 13 years. Sonya was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Jackson State University and a M.P.A. from Indiana State University in Public Administration. Sonya moved to Nashville in 1999 after completing an appointed term as a Mayor’s Fellow with the City of Indianapolis, Indiana.

While residing in Nashville, she continued to work in the nonprofit sector with the Brentwood YMCA school-age program, then as a Community Organizer / Lobbyist and later accepted the position of Kindergarten Teacher in 2002 at Faith Christian Development Center. She was promoted to School Director to focus on retention, fundraisers and policy structure one year later. After four years of teaching, Sonya pursued a career that would encompass her passion for public service and community outreach. Thus, she joined United Way of Williamson County in 2006 as a Campaign Manager and excelled to Community Impact Manager in 2012. In this position, she facilitated a Financial Stability Partnership with the IRS and local nonprofit organizations, to coordinate free income tax preparation sites for low to middle income families during filing season. In addition, she managed the Raise Your Hand after school tutoring program in elementary schools.

Currently, she coordinates partnerships for United Way’s education initiatives and works closely with Superintendents, Principals, teachers, volunteers and students to develop programs that focus on reducing the numbers of students performing below grade-level to achieve reading proficiency by the end of third grade. In her personal time, Sonya became actively involved with the African American Heritage Society (AAHS) of Williamson County in 2015 and a Board Member in 2017. She serves as President of the Young Leaders Network, an extension of the AAHS to bring awareness to the struggles, triumphs and significant contributions of African Americans while engaging young professionals in networking and volunteer projects. Sonya is married with three children and count it a blessing from God to do the work she loves that fuels her passion and connects her to the community both professionally and personally.

Contact: For more information about the AAHS Young Leaders Network email us at aahsvolunteer1tn@gmail.com

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