Sonya HeistersSenior Director, The Children's Movement

    Sonya Heisters is the Senior Director of the The Children’s Movement (TCM) where she provides the strategic leadership and day-to-day management of TCM. Ms. Heisters has 20 years of experience in nonprofit and education management and is passionate about aligning people, process, and purpose to improve the lives of children and youth.

    Prior to joining the TCM team at Children Now, Ms. Heisters served for nearly nine years at the Center for Effective Philanthropy, where her most recent role was as Deputy Director of the organization’s education arm, YouthTruth. As Deputy, she was responsible for leading all external-facing teams – partnerships, communications, media relations, and advisory services – as well as advising on product development and process improvements. Under her leadership, the student voice initiative grew from a pilot in 25 schools to a national organization serving over 2,500 schools across 39 states and 5 countries and elevating the voices of over 2 million students.

    At Children Now, Ms. Heisters leads efforts to unite the thousands of organizations across California who care about kids and want children’s needs prioritized in public policy. As part of this work, she oversees The Children’s Movement Equity Fellows Program to promote anti-racist practices to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing public policy and systems change.

    Ms. Heisters holds a B.A. in literature with a focus on education and nonprofit management. She also holds an Executive Leadership Certificate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.