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Sophia James

Sophia James

Director of Community Affairs

Inner Force Tots

New York, NY

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Women's Campaign School at Yale University

WCS at Yale Fellow

The WCS at Yale University is a non-partisan, non-profit, issue neutral leadership program, whose mission is to increase the number and influence of women in elected and appointed office in the United States and around the globe.

The school’s mission is to provide the very best training in the world for women who want to run for office or who want to move up the ladder to higher elective office. In particular, the school trains women to run political campaigns and to advance their careers in public service. Every year more than a thousand women from around the world apply to the WCS at Yale for a class of 60-75. Participants are put through an intense political immersion program designed to teach campaign skills, strategic assessment, and improvisation taught by experienced campaign operatives.

The program not only helped me advance in my career but served as a training and confidence tool to help me continue community empowerment in women and educational issues. As I speak, the need for adequate representation of women and minorities in government continues to increase. I plan to use my knowledge and skills from WCS to make local and state government more responsive to the needs of children and families. I seek to build relationships and advance critical policies to address local and statewide issues that most impact our communities.

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Toll International LLC

Management Consultant

Managed support services for Toll’s principal and company clients through project and quality management. Assisted with the preparation of identification, tracking and attendance of pre-proposal meetings, in addition to proposal documents and review of proposals.
• Liaison between Toll’s principal and potential team partners, specializing in project controls for multibillion-dollar capital construction programs and megaprojects.
• Maintained status records of current and upcoming projects through monitor of schedules, and preparation of invoices, presentations and reports.

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CIMC Associates LLC

Project Controls

Provide management coordination of the work, record-keeping, and project controls for the Sandy Recovery Project, which include restoring power and operation to 30 sewage pump stations throughout New York City.
• Facilitate coordination of cost controls, schedule control and other task administration to comply with NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requirements.
• Manage set-up of Construction Management Information Systems to support work

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Berger Hirschberg Strategies

Development Associate/Intern

Provided integrated support to political clients in the strategy, planning and execution of campaign fundraising efforts. Generated donor call lists and participated in strategy sessions to design call plans and messaging. Established client call times and planned fundraising events.
• Collaborated with advocacy organizations, political leaders and company leadership to facilitate successful campaigns for local and national political clients.
• Compiled donor data in NGP to ensure compliant and effective fundraising.
• Developed donor briefings for high-level clients

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NYS Council on Children and Families

Consultant

Improved the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery for the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory council (ECAC) through collaborative research, workgroup initiatives and enhanced coordination of state health, education and human services systems. Consulted with leaders of other state programs to identify best practices and recommend services and budgeting solutions.
• Organized and led capacity building and quality improvement workgroup meetings for high-level state agency administrators and organization directors to improve outcomes for children and families.
• Participated in needs assessment and quality improvement for Head Start and other youth and early learning initiatives to help decrease disparities in access and utilization.
• Worked on grant proposal for the first Race to the Top application, which successfully secured program funding.

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Rockefeller Institute of Government

Research Assistant

Liaised with health insurance program directors from several states to identify best practices in program design and obtain data on enrollee demographics. Compiled research and generated polished final reports for policy forums and conferences.
• Established meetings with key stakeholders, including healthcare administrators and elected officials, to increase engagement.
• Obtained quantitative data and created presentation materials and white papers for NY State Government discussion forums.

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SUNY Albany Research Foundation/STEP

Program Research Assistant

Managed academic projects seeking gains in student achievement and increased utilization of academic services. Supervised the STEP Tutoring Program and up to 20 student tutors. Developed weekly workshops on youth and career development and produced quarterly reports on curriculum activities.

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Center for Women in Government & Civil Society

Women and Public Policy Fellow

Established relationships with state program administrators and project leaders to build relevant data and created project reports. Conducted critical analysis of current public policy issues related to mental health and children services, and was given latitude to work with initiatives spanning the breadth of the agency.
• Collaborated with leaders from other programs to construct and implement a mentorship program for the Office of Mental Health’s Bureau of Labor and Workforce Development.
• Provided suggestions for the improvement of programs to recruit and retain employees as well as employee incentive and professional development programs.

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State University of New York at Albany

Master of Science, Educational Psychology

State University of New York at Albany

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology