Sonia Quiñónez is the Northern Virginia Program Director at the Meyer Foundation. She has dedicated nearly 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 designed, implemented and evaluated initiatives that seek solutions to community challenges by working in partnership with families in poverty, immigrant families, families of children with disabilities, and families struggling with trauma and abuse. She was the executive director at SCAN of Northern Virginia from 2010 to 2018, where she doubled the organization's budget, strengthened outcome-driven programming, and significantly expanded the organization’s partnerships and geographic reach across Northern Virginia.
A passionate advocate for systems work to address entrenched challenges that maintain inequities, poverty, and multi-generational struggles, Sonia has cultivated collaborative relationships with nonprofit 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 served on the Northern Virginia Child Fatality Review Team and is a member of Leadership Arlington (Class of 2002) and Leadership Alexandria (Class of 2010). She has held community leadership roles on the Nonprofit NOVA Steering Committee, Alexandria Council of Human Services Organizations, Arlington PEACE Project Leadership Roundtable, and the Alexandria/Arlington Smart Beginnings School Readiness Coalition. Sonia is also a mentor to future leaders in the sector, having served as a field instructor for masters of social work students at the USC School of Social Work and George Mason University School of Social Work.
Sonia has a master’s in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a concentration in administration and planning. She and her husband live in Arlington, Virginia, where they raised two children.