Sonya Malunda
Senior Associate Vice President for Civic Engagement


Sonya manages the day-to-day operations of the Office of Civic Engagement, which comprises community and civic partnerships, college pipeline programs, nonprofit capacity building, civic leadership, student civic engagement, communications, and local government relations. With almost 20 years at UChicago, she was the inaugural director of community and government affairs, and has served in numerous roles in the office. Sonya led the development of new programs and initiatives, in the areas of education, housing, public safety, business diversity, arts and culture, job creation, civic leadership, nonprofit capacity building, and campus planning and development, that are designed to improve the quality of life on the South Side and across Chicago. They include the University’s Employer-Assisted Housing Program and the Civic Leadership Academy. Sonya is co-chair of the University’s Diversity Leadership Council and serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including the Network of Woodlawn and High Jump. Previously, Sonya was First Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Housing and had a distinguished career in commercial real estate finance. Sonya holds a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and a Master of Management degree in Finance, Real Estate, Organizational Behavior from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Sonya is also a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and Fannie Mae Fellow in Harvard University’s Program for State and Local Government Leaders at the Kennedy School of Government.