Higher Education and Communications Manager

Sonja Smash

Sonja Smash

Higher Education and Communications Manager

Sonja is the Higher Education and Communications Manager at Say Yes to Education National. She works on collaborative efforts to manage and grow the roster of colleges and universities that provide financial aid to students in the organization’s districts and schools. She also supports Say Yes’s efforts to communicate the power of its work to a variety of audiences. Sonja shares Say Yes’s values and its mission of providing assistance to disadvantaged young people in particular.  She has served as a Foster Care Youth Mentor and runs S.H.E. (Supporting Her Esteem) a social media forum designed to empower young women.

Prior to joining Say Yes, she worked as a marketing consultant at the College Board. She also worked as a Marketing Coordinator at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association for nine years. She is an alumna of the College of New Rochelle, where she earned a BA in Liberal Arts and an MS in Communications/Marketing.

In her spare time, Sonja serves as the President of her church’s Drama Ministry.  In addition, she enjoys writing and listening to music.


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