Sophia graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a minor in Communication Design. Since graduating, she has honed her design and brand strategy skills through two professional opportunities, most recently working as the Global Brand and Design Manager at MassChallenge, a global non-profit startup accelerator. Through her work at MassChallenge, she was exposed to entrepreneurs from around the world working to create meaningful change. This deepened her desire to explore how she can use her own skill set to create impact throughout her career and beyond. As she begins her graduate studies at SVA, Sophia is eager to expand her understanding of design methodologies and further develop the creative leadership skills needed to address social challenges. She is most looking forward to learning from and alongside the faculty and her peers as they navigate the field of social design.