Sonya Shields

Sonya Shields

Cause Effective, Children of Promise NYC

Sonya Shields (she/her)  is long-time nonprofit executive with over 25 years in the field.  She currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Organizational Development and Initiatives at Children of Promise, NYC and Senior Associate at Cause Effective.  Sonya’s specialty is development, marketing and communications, and she has raised millions of dollars and built the visibility of dozens of organizations around the country.

Sonya has worked on the executive staff for Brooklyn Community Services, Getting Out Staying Out, Astraea Foundation, and Keep a Child Alive.  Sonya has also worked extensively as a consultant, providing services to more than a dozen nonprofits including: Partners for Dignity and Rights, Rainbow Railroad, Washington, D.C. Tennis and Education Association, and Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. Sonya also works as a coach for nonprofit professionals, participates on panels and facilitates workshops and trainings in the areas of board governance, fundraising, marketing and communications.

Sonya is on the Board of Directors of the Association for Fundraising Professionals-New York, the American LGBTQ Museum, Advisory Member for the Gender Family Project of the Ackerman Institute, and Committee Member for the Nonprofit New York Excellence Awards. Sonya received a B.A. in Public Relations from Howard University in Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, New York.