The Babcock Foundation is pleased to welcome Katie Sonnen-Lee as our new program associate. Sonnen-Lee will provide programmatic and administrative support for MRBF’s network officers, and guidance to current and potential grantee partners.
With a background in a broad range of nonprofit and educational environments, Sonnen-Lee brings a wealth of administrative and program-management experience. Her years of work with families living in poverty and her passion for harnessing the power of collaboration to improve low-income communities will be tremendous assets for the Foundation.
“After working for organizations addressing homelessness, education and mental health, I am thrilled to join a foundation so focused on our communities’ entrenched challenges,” Sonnen-Lee said. “The Foundation’s commitment to social and economic justice echo my own personal values and beliefs. I am fortunate that my new work and personal commitments align so well.”
Sonnen-Lee spent three years in South Korea teaching low-income children English as a second language – an extremely important skill for high-wage employment there. While working with families experiencing homelessness with young children in New Mexico, she worked with foundations, policy makers and institutional partners to address the multi-faceted causes and effects of extreme poverty on individuals and communities.
After growing up in Washington, Georgia and Tennessee, Sonnen-Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Roanoke College in Virginia. She also holds an MBA from National American University in Texas. Her favorite pastimes include travel, reading and introducing her two young sons to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Virginia.