Sonia Melara, MSW has been on the part-time faculty of the School of Social Work since 2011. She has served as Field Education Director and the BASW Program Coordinator. She received her BA in English 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 administrative 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 has served under 5 San Francisco Mayors and has been appointed to several posts. Presently she serves as a member of Police Commission. She has served as member and President of the San Francisco Health Commission. She served as member and President of the Immigrant Rights Commission as well as others. 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.