Sonja M. Spears is the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program where she leads the program through initiatives to center equity in all aspects of their work.  Before embarking on her current role, Sonja became the youngest judge elected to the trial court bench she served on in New Orleans, beginning her tenure also as one of two of the first black women judges to ever serve in that court.   She served for twelve years before her retirement in 2010.

After her retirement from the bench, Sonja returned to her native Boston, Massachusetts and her alma mater Tufts University where she has been teaching social justice classes to graduate and undergraduate students for eight terms. At Tufts she also serves as a member of the Advisory Board to the Masters in Diversity and Inclusion Program.  She also teaches with the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School and previously taught Trial Advocacy at Tulane Law School, where she graduated from, for nearly ten years.

Sonja currently serves on the Executive Council for the AARP Massachusetts chapter.  She is the proud mother of two young men who, since they arrived on this earth, have been her inspiration for working to make the world a more just and equitable place for everyone.