Sonja works as Program Advisor for Swift Foundation. She brings over a decade of international experience supporting the foundation in its metamorphosis. Through speaking and writing she has consistently advocated for more accountability and coherency in the field of philanthropy and that funding go to organizations led by people with lived experience of the issues at hand, all the while working to facilitate those structural changes within. Sonja also co-directs Windrose fund and serves on the boards of the Colorado Plateau Foundation, Community Agroecology Network and Oakland Institute. Swift, with roots in Old English, a swifte, was a name given to a messenger or courier, one with speed. Sharing her last name with the institution, she has often considered the symbolism, and how it relates to her work in this field traversing between halls of economic influence and the courageous work of partners on the ground protecting life way and territory.