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Sonya Malunda

Sonya Malunda


11 E. Adams St., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.561.5909

Sonya joined the ACM as the consortium’s eighth president on October 2, 2017.

Her career has encompassed experience in government, banking, and higher education, including nearly 20 years of service in civic and community engagement positions at the University of Chicago.

Prior to her appointment at ACM, Sonya was serving as Senior Associate Vice President for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago. In this role, her work focused on building community and civic partnerships. She also specialized in developing college pipeline programs, forming connections to faculty-led community research projects, cultivating student engagement opportunities, and managing local and state government relations.

Many of the projects Sonya spearheaded were designed to improve the quality of life on the South Side of Chicago and across the city in areas of education, housing, public safety, business diversity, arts and culture, job creation, civic leadership, non-profit capacity building, and engagement planning for university development projects.

Among her many accomplishments in those areas, she served as one of the architects of the University of Chicago’s model of civic engagement, which leverages the institution as an anchor for local neighborhoods and a global center for education, research, and innovation. She led the community engagement campaign along with university senior leaders, community partners, and other key stakeholders to secure the siting of the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side. Sonya also provided leadership in the creation of the UChicago Promise program, which helps Chicago high school students gain access to and succeed in top-tier colleges and universities, and America’s Urban Campus, a consortium of 21 higher education institutions in the city of Chicago.

Sonya served as co-chair of the University of Chicago Diversity Leadership Council and serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including the Spelman College Alumnae Association and High Jump. She is also a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a Fannie Mae Fellow in Harvard University’s Program for State and Local Government Leaders at the Kennedy School of Government.

Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Sonya was the First Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Housing (DOH) where she worked to develop programs and policies to create and preserve affordable housing and expand home ownership opportunities for Chicago residents. Before her DOH appointment, she had a career in commercial real estate finance at the former First National Bank of Chicago and Continental Bank.

She holds a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College, and a Masters of Management degree in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management with a concentration in Real Estate and Organizational Behavior.

Sonya enjoys gardening, listening to jazz, and spending quality time with her family.

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