Feb.28 Speaker: Sonya O. Hunte

Sonya O. Hunte

Sonya Hunte is the Senior Director for the Office of Equity and Compliance in the Anchorage School District. As the 100th largest school district in the United States, it is home to the three most diverse schools where 85 languages are spoken. Sonya is charged with facilitating the district’s Equity Plan. The plan encompasses student achievement, community engagement, and staff and hiring. Sonya’s genuine love for disenfranchised communities and people is both recognizable and contagious.

Sonya once served as the Vice President of Education Impact for the United Way of Anchorage. She oversaw the 90% Graduation by 2020 initiative, a private public, community-based partnership that aims to reach and sustain an Anchorage high school graduation rate of 90 percent or more by 2020. Prior to relocating to Alaska, Sonya worked for the Atlanta Public Schools as the Director of Family Engagement where she promoted family and alumni strategic initiatives through district-wide and school-based models. She held various roles within that district.

Committed to serving her profession and the community, Sonya served on the board of directors for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) an organization committed to the development of its 112,000 members and the communities they serve. She is the recipient of many awards and distinctions to include being named an Unsung Heroine 2015, National Coalition for 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter; Georgia Trend Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s, 2013 Forty Under Forty Awards. She is a proud member of America’s oldest African American organization for college trained women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a recipient of the 2017 Metro Atlanta Founders’ Day, Service to Mankind Award.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Boston College.