IDCE Students Profiles

Sona Shah (IDSC '2008)
IDCE Fellow

Sona Shah (USA) has a B.A. in Asian Studies and a minor in Business from the University of Texas at Austin. After college she joined the Peace Corps and taught English at Three Gorges College in China. She then returned to the states and was an AmeriCorps*VISTA at SAHELI, a nonprofit organization in Austin, TX that assist victims/survivors of domestic violence within the Asian/Asian American community. She coordinated the organization’s outreach, fundraising and volunteer activities. After her VISTA term, she served on SAHELI’s board and chaired the board development committee to help with the transition of SAHELI being an all-volunteer based organization for twelve years to one with a full-time staff. She was also a trained domestic violence advocate that assisted survivors. Sona has continued working in the nonprofit sector as a membership director, executive coordinator and most recently a development associate for Austin’s local PBS station.