Sonia Balaram is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is also an educator and community organizer. She works at the Department of Education as the Director of Youth Development at Bronx Bridges High School where she oversees the social work, guidance and dean's offices. Sonia also runs her own small real estate business and consults on nonprofit projects.
Previously, Sonia developed and managed one of the Center for Court Innovation’s restorative justice projects, the Harlem Youth Court. She trained youth to act in the various roles of the youth court, facilitated youth court sessions, and managed real cases referred to the youth court from schools, police precincts, probation, the Law Department, and criminal court. Sonia has also taught high school history in the South Bronx.
Sonia graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Political Science, focusing on Comparative and International Politics. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration, specializing in Public and Nonprofit Management from Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University.