Sonya Childress has positioned film as a tool to shift narratives and support social justice movement building for two decades. She currently serves as a Senior Fellow with the Perspective Fund, where she will explore and advance accountable, equitable and ethical practices within the documentary film landscape through research, writing and field-building efforts. A veteran cultural strategist, Sonya served as the Director of Partnerships and Engagement for Firelight Media, where she led impact campaigns for veteran director Stanley Nelson’s films, including Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities and The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. She has advised countless filmmakers on their impact strategies, including Yance Ford (Strong Island), Peter Bratt (Dolores), Steve James (The Interrupters), Cristina Ibarra & Alex Rivera (The Infiltrators), Byron Hurt (Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes) and Jeff Zimbalist (Favela Rising). Sonya has worked with Active Voice, California Newsreel, Kartemquin Films, ITVS and Working Films. She founded the Impact Producer Fellowship, a mentorship program for impact producers of color. She is a trustee of The Whitman Institute, a private foundation that champions Trust Based Philanthropy, a member of the Brown Girls Doc Mafia, and on the steering committee for the Global Impact Producers group. Sonya resides in Los Angeles with her two children.