Placed Leaders

Dr. Sonya Anderson

Executive Director

Together Rising

We partnered with Together Rising on the search for an inaugural Executive Director, 11 years after the organization’s founding. Together Rising is a nonprofit organization that has raised $48 million for families, children, and communities in crisis since 2012. Bolstered by TEAM LOVE—a dedicated community of more than 8,000 recurring donors—Together Rising transforms collective heartbreak into effective action by investing directly in families and individuals and in partner organizations most effectively meeting the needs of their own communities.

Following a rigorous, international search, our work resulted in the recruitment of Dr. Sonya Anderson to the role. Dr. Anderson is an accomplished strategist, compelling storyteller, and adept coalition-builder with more than two decades of experience leading nonprofits.

In this role, Dr. Anderson works with the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers to expand the organization’s domestic and global footprint and build on the organization’s strong foundation to set the vision and strategic direction for the organization and define its next phase of impact.

Dr. Anderson previously served as the President of Thrive Chicago where she worked to advance education, employment, and life opportunities for Chicago youth so that they can lead rich, purposeful, and contributing lives.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Anderson has served in executive leadership roles for a range of notable impact-driven nonprofit organizations, including Crown Family Philanthropies, Start Early, and The Oprah Winfrey Foundation.

She serves on the board of directors of Sandy Hook Promise.

Dr. Anderson holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Yale University. She received her MA in International Relations and Affairs from the University of Ghana. She earned her EdD from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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