Virginia Program Director | Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Sonia Quiñónez has dedicated three decades to working in community-based nonprofit organizations that seek social justice, empower families, build resiliency in youth, and cultivate partnerships across sectors to advocate for systems change. Having excelled in increasingly complex leadership, fundraising, and management roles, Sonia has worked in partnership with families in poverty, immigrant families, families of children with disabilities, and families impacted by trauma. She has lived and worked in Paraguay, Peru, Richmond, Oklahoma, and now Northern Virginia. As a trainer in skills for working within immigrant communities and strategies to prevent child sexual abuse, Sonia engages groups in strengths-based, evidence-informed strategy and dialogue to advance equity and strengthen communities.
Sonia now serves as the Northern Virginia Program Director for the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation in metropolitan Washington, DC. A passionate advocate for addressing racial injustice, systemic inequities, poverty, and multi-generational trauma, Sonia has cultivated collaborative relationships with nonprofit, philanthropic and public-sector leaders working throughout Northern Virginia. She believes in the power of weaving together data analysis, articulation of community values, and stories to mobilize community change. Sonia has a master’s in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a concentration in administration and planning.