Role

Board of Trustees

Bio

Andrea Sonnenberg is the co-founder and CEO of Wise Readers to Leaders, a community-wide collaborative literacy program serving 450+ children from low-income schools. The program currently operates at Stephen Wise Temple, Milken Community Schools, American Jewish University, Wilshire Boulevard Temple and Leo Baeck Temple, and provides valuable service learning for Jewish high school students. She also is the vice president of administration for Latitude Real Estate Holdings where she is in charge of human resources. Andrea practiced law for several years as a litigation associate at Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, and 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.  She serves on the board of Wise Readers to Leaders as its chairman, the board of USC Hillel as its chairman, and is the Legal Network co-chair of the Jewish Federation. Andrea has worked as a volunteer attorney for Bet Tzedek Legal Services, specializing in senior citizen legal issues, and for KIND Legal Services, providing counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the U.S. She graduated cum laude from the USC Marshall School of Business in finance and received her JD from Loyola Law School.

The Jewish community, working together, can help heal the world. I believe the Jewish Community Foundation is a manifestation of this model and of the command to be a light among the nations.

Expertise/Specialty Areas:

  • Nonprofit management
  • Law
  • Lay leadership
  • Philanthropy

Community Leadership Summary:

  • Foundation trustee
  • Chair, USC Hillel Board of Trustees
  • Chair, Wise Readers to Leaders Board of Directors
  • Co-Founder and CEO of Wise Readers to Leaders
  • Co-Chair of the Legal Network of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles