Sonja Williams holds an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in School Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has also done graduate work in Public Health and doctoral work in Environmental Studies at Duke University. She has worked as a community organizer and refugee advocate, a K-12 and college ESL and biology instructor, and as a school administrator in the Chicago Area and North Carolina. She was the first board chair of El Centro Hispano in Durham, where she coordinated educational programs. She most recently worked as Program Administrator for the North Carolina Migrant Education Program for ten years. She currently is involved in instructional technology, photography, and environmental projects.