When Sonja Marrett went to her first Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) meeting two years ago, one of the trustees asked her why she was there. Her answer then is the same reason she has represented children as an attorney in immigration proceedings, is the same reason she worked on reuniting families at the border, and is the same reason she is now running to become a Trustee for HCDE: because Sonja believes that government’s role is to help children succeed, not hold them back.
After graduating from Northwestern University, Sonja began working for the Sierra Club listening to and supporting communities in their quest for environmental justice. While attending Boston College Law School, she worked for the Obama White House. As an attorney, she has represented indigent children and adults in immigration proceedings, defended individuals going through the criminal justice system, and fought for families against unjust landlords. At the same time, she has a commitment to improving the political landscape of Harris County by working and volunteering on campaigns, including Beto’s 2018 Senate run and most recently, as the Texas Deputy Director for a Presidential campaign. Her commitment to equity and community-driven reform has been shown through her work with Pure Justice, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Kids in Need of Defense, as Outreach Co-Chair of Covenant House Texas’ Young Professionals Board, and as one of the newest members of the Independent Police Oversight Board.
Sonja has spent her entire career advocating for children and adults who are being wronged by government systems, fighting to elect officials who will represent communities in need, and holding our current elected officials accountable.
Sonja has answered the call to advocate for our children. Are you ready to join her? Vote for a more equitable Harris County. Vote Sonja for your Trustee for the Harris County Department of Education Position 7, At-Large.