28 Feb 2022
Sonia is an executive manager with over 20 years’ experience, has significant skills and knowledge of, the multicultural sector, migration and resettlement. She has strong leadership, strategic and stakeholder engagement skills; and a proven track record in developing and maintaining effective partnerships with key stakeholders including all tiers of Government, academia and civil society.
She is currently employed as the Victorian State Director at Settlement Services International, has held the position of Director Partnerships & Community Development at Eastern Community Legal Centre, Acting CEO at South East Community Links, previously she was the Principal Advisor of Operations at Anglicare Victoria, National Manager of Community Migration Programs at Australian Red Cross and before that her role was Manager Settlement & Family Services at Spectrum MRC.
Sonia holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in PsycSonia is an executive leader whose career has been shaped by her advocacy for, and in-depth understanding of, the multicultural, migration and settlement sectors. With over 25 years’ experience, she has strong leadership, strategic and stakeholder engagement skills; and a proven track record in developing and maintaining effective partnerships with key stakeholders including all tiers of government, international institutions, academia and civil society.
Currently, Sonia holds a dual role at non-profit organisation SSI of Victorian State Director and General Manager Clients, Partnerships & Business Growth. She is a former Victorian Multicultural Commissioner, in this role, she built on her extensive leadership experience in community service organisations and NGOs to advise and foster ties between Government and our diverse communities.
Sonia’s current non-executive positions include the Australian Financial Complaints Authority Advisory Panel, the board of Banyule Community Health Service, and the Diaspora Humanitarian Advisory Board – Australian Council Linkage Project on Diaspora Humanitarians: How Australia-based migrants help in crises abroad, a research Partnership with Monash, Deakin Uni, RCOA.
Sonia holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology & Human Movement, a Graduate Diploma in International Law, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counselling & Psychotherapy. She is also a Registered Migration Agent.