California Senior State Organizer
Sonja Goetsch-Avila (she/her) is a queer woman of white and Mexican-American descent. She grew up on unceded Wiyot land, in a rural and low-income area of Northern California. Since graduating from UC Santa Cruz with her B.A. in Community Studies and Feminist Studies, Sonja has worked in various areas of the reproductive health, rights and justice sphere, including direct service, policy advocacy, client care coordination, program development, and community organizing. She currently serves as the California State Senior Organizer for URGE, where she continues to work on the implementation of the College Student Right to Access Act (SB 24). Prior to URGE, Sonja worked as a Campus Coordinator for the justCARE campaign, where she and her team successfully organized hundreds of students to advance the bill – now requiring public university health centers to provide medication abortion services by 2023. Sonja got her start in the movement as a Healthline Intern at ACCESS Reproductive Justice in 2015, and is thrilled to have recently joined their Board of Directors.