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Sonya Malunda

Sonya Malunda


180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2020
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312.561.5909

Sonya Malunda joined the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) as the consortium’s eighth president on October 2, 2017.

Collaboration has been the keystone of the ACM’s mission since its founding in 1958. Throughout Sonya’s career, she has demonstrated her ability to bring diverse groups of people together to find common ground, identify goals, and collaborate to achieve significant, tangible results. Sonya values the collaborative nature of the consortium and discovering shared interests and goals among the 14 ACM colleges.

Prior to her appointment at ACM, Sonya’s career included experience in government, banking, and higher education, capped by nearly 20 years at the University of Chicago. Most recently, she served as Senior Associate Vice President for Civic Engagement with a focus on building the university’s community and civic partnerships. Sonya was 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 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.

Among her many accomplishments, Sonya 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. She 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.

Joining the ACM community brings Sonya back to her educational roots. A native of Memphis, TN, her passion for intellectual challenge and collaborative engagement was nurtured as an economics major at her alma mater, Spelman College, a small, private, liberal arts college in Atlanta. She also earned 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.

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