About Us

Sonja Goetsch-Avila

California Senior State Organizer

Sonja (she/her) was born and raised on Wiyot territory in rural Northern California. Before joining URGE in February 2020, Sonja served as a Campus Coordinator for the justCARE campaign where her team successfully organized hundreds of students to advocate for the advancement of Senate Bill 24, the College Student Right to Access Act. Now law, SB24 will require all public universities in California to provide medication abortion on their campus health centers by 2023.

Prior to her organizing work, Sonja worked as the Client Care Coordinator for the Women’s Community Clinic / Lyon-Martin Health Services in San Francisco – supporting low-income cisgender womxn, Transgender and non-binary clients in accessing specialty care. Sonja was first introduced to reproductive justice work and policy advocacy through her experience as a Healthline and Administrative Intern at ACCESS Women’s Health Justice in 2015. On the Healthline, she supported callers seeking abortion care and other reproductive health services from across the state by connecting them to ACCESS’ network of Practical Support Volunteers (PSVs).
Sonja graduated with honors from UC Santa Cruz in 2016 with a B.A. in Community Studies and Feminist Studies. In addition to Sonja’s work in the repro health/rights/justice sphere, she has worked in and out of outdoor education and recreation since college and will forever admire the *magic* of summer camp. Sonja identifies as a white, Mexican-American, queer, woman from a low-income background. She spends her free time traveling, enjoying the outdoors and cooking up large breakfasts with her three roommates and their sweet pooch.