Sonia Melara, MSW has been on the part-time faculty of the School of Social Work since 2011. Most recently she serves as the Field Education Director and the BASW Program Coordinator. She received her BA and MSW from San Francisco State University. In her regular professional career, Ms. Melara is the Executive Director of Rally Family Visitation Services of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. Ms. Melara has over 30 years of Social Work and management experience in government, the non-profit and for-profit sectors, including an appointment to serve as Executive Director of the San Francisco City and County Department on the Status of Women.
Ms. Melara has a long history of community participation as a member of several non-profit boards and commissions. She presently serves as Vice-President of the San Francisco Health Commission and member of the San Francisco Re-districting Task Force. She serves on the Board of On Lok Senior Services. Ms. Melara is a co-founder of California’s first shelter for survivors of domestic violence, La Casa De Las Madres. She is co-founder of La Cocina, a business incubator for low-income women who want to start their own business in the food industry. President Carter appointed her to serve on the National Advisory Commission on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Ms. Melara was inducted into San Francisco State University Alumni Wall of Fame in 1995.