Andrea Sonnenberg is the CO-Founder and CEO of Wise Readers to Leaders, responsible for founding and operating the first synagogue-based Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School that has since become its own independent program serving 300+ children from low income communities. The program currently operates at Stephen Wise Temple, Milken Community High School, and the American Jewish University in LA, with immediate plans to open a 4th campus in the neighboring area. Andrea is also the Vice-President of Administration for Latitude Management Real Estate Investors where she is in charge of Human Resources.
Andrea is USC Hillel's Board Chair and serves on the Board of the Jewish Community Foundation and is Co-Chair of the Legal Network of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. She is a volunteer attorney for Bet Tzedek Legal Services, specializing in senior citizen legal issues, for KIND Legal Services providing counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the US and advocates on behalf of Veterans. She has been a Girl Scout leader for 10 years, including leading inner-city girls’ clubs. Previously, she served on the Executive Boards of both Curtis School and Harvard-Westlake School Parents’ Associations. She was the founding Co-President of the Sisterhood at Stephen Wise Temple.
Andrea graduated Cum Laude from the USC Marshall School of Business in Finance in 1983 and received her JD from Loyola Law School in 1986 where she was a Moot Court Champion. After graduation, she practiced law for several years as a litigation associate at Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro. Subsequently, she was a Senior Attorney at Paramount Pictures, in the motion picture department, negotiating talent agreements and rights acquisitions and providing legal counsel to movie productions.
Inspired by her son’s untimely death, Andrea has become a mental health advocate, working to educate, increase awareness, and influence policy and decision makers. She is currently producing a podcast in association with the Bradley Sonnenberg Wellness Initiative entitled, “Getting Thru: Stories of Mental Health and Resilience”, which will be launching on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2021.