Senior Program Officer
Sonia Joshi is a Senior Program Officer on ISC’s U.S. Program Team. In this role, Sonia works with leaders of color, community organizations, and local and regional governments to prioritize and infuse racial equity into climate resilience. She works primarily on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health and Climate Solutions (HCS) initiative and the Partnership for Resilient Communities (PRC).
Before joining ISC, Sonia worked as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Program Manager for the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan, where she facilitated workshops on unconscious bias, microaggressions, and how to engage in dialogues across social identities and power differentials. She also managed SEAS decolonizing curriculum efforts as well as prioritized organizational racial equity. Prior to her time at SEAS, Soniar spent nine years as Program Manager and Outreach Coordinator in a joint position between the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory to manage the regional NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health. In that role, Sonia established partnerships with public health officials, frontline communities, and local to national environmental stakeholder groups centered on topics of water and climate. She also developed award-winning multi-state community programs to address technology and information needs of local communities to minimize water quality-based health impacts and initiated the Center’s community based participatory action research approach.
Sonia holds a Master’s of Science in Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife with a specialization in Gender, Justice, & Environmental Change from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science.