Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day? To elevate voices, transform lives, shine light in dark places, and democratize the law for people, families, and communities impacted by America's criminally unjust systems.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

To elevate voices, transform lives, shine light in dark places, and democratize the law for people, families, and communities impacted by America's criminally unjust systems.

Sonja Tonnesen

DEPUTY DIRECTOR - Program innovation & Strategic partnerships

Sonja is the Deputy Director of Program Innovation & Strategic Partnerships and a founding staff member of Root & Rebound. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in May 2013.

In her time at Berkeley Law, Sonja worked as a law clerk at East Bay Children’s Law Offices in Oakland, CA, a law clerk with the Domestic Violence Unit at Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland, CA, a clinical student in the International Human Rights Law Clinic, a Civil Rights Research Fellow at the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, and a law clerk with Equal Justice Society in San Francisco, CA. Sonja was active in the Berkeley Law community where she served as President of the Boalt Hall Student Association, a director of Advocates for Youth Justice, and an editor for both the California Law Review and the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice. In 2013, her piece, “‘Hit It and Quit It’: Responses to Black Girls’ Victimization in School” was published in the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, exploring the connections between school discipline, race, gender, and implicit bias.

Sonja received her B.A. in Urban Studies and a minor in African Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude). Sonja is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of California.

On the weekends, don't be surprised to bump into Sonja at the occasional craft fair or hiking the Oakland hills with her two dogs.

Contact me at stonnesen@rootandrebound.org