Sophia Isom has an extensive background providing advocacy, support, resources and opportunities for underserved minority youth spanning more than 30 years in both her professional and personal life. Her pursuit of a career in Child Welfare resulted in undergraduate and graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology and Social Work Education and led her to a more than 28-year career with the San Francisco Human Services Agency. Sophia is currently a Program Director with Child Protective Services responsible for the oversight and implementation of regulatory policies and practices within the California Foster Care System.
Sophia’s personal efforts are also committed to supporting underserved youth. Her volunteer work with the San Francisco Police Activities League spanned 30 years and included roles as Director and Head Coach of the Youth Cheerleading and Dance Program, member of the SF Board of Directors and fundraiser for key initiatives. Her volunteer service received numerous awards and acknowledgement including: Proclamation by the City and County of San Francisco for her work serving with disadvantaged populations; induction into the SF PAL Hall of Fame during their 50th Anniversary celebration. Sophia’s ability to work effectively and respectfully with children, youth, parents, service providers and community-based agencies aligns perfectly with UBAGA’s mission and vision.