Malunda named Senior Associate Vice President for Community Engagement

Steve Kloehn
Associate Vice President for News and Public AffairsUniversity Communications

Sonya Malunda has been appointed Senior Associate Vice President for Community Engagement, effective July 1.

“This promotion reflects the important role Sonya plays in supporting the University's community and civic engagement initiatives across the South Side of Chicago and with our partners across the City of Chicago,” said David Greene, Executive Vice President of the University. “We are fortunate to benefit from her leadership in this expanded role.” 

Since she joined the University in 1998, Malunda has been instrumental in strengthening the University's relationships with community leaders and civic organizations.

She has worked closely with faculty, students and members of the community on initiatives in public education, workforce and economic development, community-based research and affordable housing. She helped guide the redevelopment of the Midway Plaisance, the development of the University's Business Diversity program and the implementation of its Employer-Assisted Housing Program.

Greene said that following the departure of Ann Marie Lipinski, Malunda also would be working closely with senior leaders to coordinate and oversee the work of the Office for Civic Engagement until a new Vice President of Civic Engagement is named. A national search is under way.