Sonja Tonnesen

Deputy Director of Programs

Oakland, California

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Sonja is the Deputy Director of Programs and a founding staff member of Root & Rebound, a team of advocates and activists with the vision of building opportunity and access to justice for people most harmed by mass incarceration. Since its founding in the Bay Area in 2013, R&R has grown to an organization with four offices in California, a South Carolina office, and national programs.

Prior to Root & Rebound, Sonja received her J.D. from Berkeley Law School, where she advocated for survivors of domestic violence, criminal justice reform, and youth justice. During law school, Sonja served as a Board Member for the Queer Caucus and Women’s Association, President of the Student Association, and editor for two law journals, the California Law Review and the Berkeley Journal of General, Law & Justice. In 2013, she published “‘Hit It and Quit It’: Responses to Black Girls’ Victimization in School,” a note exploring connections between the school-to-prison-pipeline, race, gender, and implicit bias. Prior to law school, Sonja received her B.A. in Urban Studies and African Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, and worked for an urban nutrition nonprofit in Philadelphia.

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.

Sonja Tonnesen

Deputy Director of Programs

Oakland, California

Email Sonja

Sonja is the Deputy Director of Programs and a founding staff member of Root & Rebound, a team of advocates and activists with the vision of building opportunity and access to justice for people most harmed by mass incarceration. Since its founding in the Bay Area in 2013, R&R has grown to an organization with four offices in California, a South Carolina office, and national programs.

Prior to Root & Rebound, Sonja received her J.D. from Berkeley Law School, where she advocated for survivors of domestic violence, criminal justice reform, and youth justice. During law school, Sonja served as a Board Member for the Queer Caucus and Women’s Association, President of the Student Association, and editor for two law journals, the California Law Review and the Berkeley Journal of General, Law & Justice. In 2013, she published “‘Hit It and Quit It’: Responses to Black Girls’ Victimization in School,” a note exploring connections between the school-to-prison-pipeline, race, gender, and implicit bias. Prior to law school, Sonja received her B.A. in Urban Studies and African Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, and worked for an urban nutrition nonprofit in Philadelphia.

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.

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.

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