Portrait of Sonya Paul, Diné, First Peoples Fund's Vice President of Advancement & Communications.


Sonya Paul (Diné) was born in Shiprock, New Mexico and is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. She has lived in Colorado, Alaska and California and has twenty-five plus years experience in program management, special events, marketing & communications, fundraising, media relations, and strategic planning. She has worked for organizations throughout the U.S. and Indian Country that specialize in graduate education, federal Indian law, arts & cultural life ways, social justice, the environment, and community capacity building. Most notable include UCLA, Native American Rights Fund, Ford Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Alaska Public Radio Network, Sundance Institute, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America, Denver Art Museum, Americans for Indian Opportunity, and the Indigenous Women’s Network. Sonya has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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