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Director of Equity & Inclusion Sonya Lara

Meet the director of the City's Office of Equity and Inclusion

Equity & InclusionDirector Michelle Melendez

Director Sonya Lara

Sonya Lara is a servant leader committed to advancing strategies that decrease economic disparity and increase honor and dignity among communities that have been marginalized. She champions social impact in both her professional and volunteer faith-based work, helping people and organizations actualize community goals that promote family stability and increase educational opportunity.
Previous to joining the City of Albuquerque, Ms. Lara was the Senior Director of Community Impact at the United Way of North Central New Mexico, where she convened and connected regional leaders to support and elevate families. A proud Lobo, Sonya completed her bachelor’s and master’s of public administration at the University of New Mexico.