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Andrea Sonnenberg

Andrea Sonnenberg is Co-Founder and CEO of Wise Readers to Leaders, a non-profit literacy and enrichment program for underserved students in Los Angeles. Andrea is an attorney, who has practiced in the corporate, entertainment and nonprofit sectors. She is the Chair of the Board of USC Hillel, 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. 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 along with her husband have created the Bradley Sonnenberg Wellness Initiative at USC Hillel which offers individual professional counseling, peer-to-peer support and wellness programming with the goal of replicating the model on college campuses across the country. Andrea has produced a podcast entitled, “Getting Thru“ which shares stories of young people’s resilience despite mental health challenges, offering hope and inspiration to those who are struggling while also demonstrating pathways to success. The podcast launched on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2021 in response to the global mental health crisis resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic.