Chief Executive Officer
Dr Sonja Hood has been our CEO since 2015.
In that time, she has focused on building a funding coalition of national, state and local governments as well as garnering philanthropy and business to continually grow the network across Australia.
Sonja is passionate about enabling women through building community connection. She leads national partnerships with schools, government, corporates and philanthropy to provide assistance to improve social cohesion and build stronger communities across Australia.
Sonja has over 20 years of social policy and program experience in the US, UK and Australia. She holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, and a Master’s degree from Penn State University.
She was appointed as President of North Melbourne Football Club in February 2022.