Sofia Barahona Mena

Senior Development Coordinator

Area of expertise: Grassroots fundraising, CRM Management, community organizing, project management

You should get to know her because: 

  • Originally from Chile, Sofia has lived for over three years in the Bay Area, working as a development professional in the non-profit sector. 
  • She started her professional career as a volunteer and intern at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, where she helped to create and execute different grassroots fundraising campaigns. She also supported Spanish-speaking clients to share their stories.
  • Prior to joining ERA, Sofia worked as a Development Coordinator at LYRIC, where she supported the implementation of the fundraising strategy, worked as a liaison between the organization and community partners, and coordinated diverse fundraising campaigns.  
  • Besides working at ERA, Sofia works as a Language Advocate at Asian Women’s Shelter through their Multilingual Access Model program (MLAM). She serves as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking clients and English-speaking staff members facilitating their communication and work together. 
  • She is a board member at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – Golden Gate Chapter. 
  • In Chile, Sofia was president of her university student’s union (FEUC) and spokesperson for the National Confederation of Chilean Students (Confech). From those positions, she fought for a non-sexist education system, and abortion rights, besides advocating for good-quality and free public education.     

Alumna of: 

  • Sofia received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a focus in law and a minor in communications from Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC Chile). 
  • She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Political Communication and Strategic Governance at George Washington University. 

Outside Work: 

  • Sofia loves talking about Chilean politics and the feminist movement around the globe.  
  • She spends a lot of time walking with her dog Lucha and creating new designs in her nails.  

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