Sonia Canzater is an Associate Director at the O’Neill Institute, overseeing the Hepatitis Policy Project, which focuses on national viral hepatitis law and policy issues. She also is a part of the O’Neill Institute’s Addiction and Public Policy Initiative, where she works on projects that address the intersection of incidence and prevalence of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV and the nation’s injection drug use epidemic.

Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Canzater worked as an adjunct public health instructor at Benedict College, spent several years working for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, and as a youth drug abuse prevention program coordinator for the Lexington—Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council in Columbia, South Carolina. She has also worked as a legal intern for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights. In addition to her work in public health, Canzater founded a consulting business to offer professional support to nonprofit organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, and businesses. She is a certified health education specialist and a certified grants consultant.

Sonia is a practicing attorney in the state of Maryland, and serves her community in various ways. She is an active member of Maryland’s pro bono program, where she provides free legal representation and advice to low-income residents. She is a member of the Montgomery County (MD) Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee, which works to advise the County Council and embed racial equity and social justice principles into all County operations, strategies, and legislation. She is also a member of the Montgomery County Caribbean American Advisory Group, which advises the County Executive on issues important to the County’s Caribbean American community. Sonia also represents communities of color on the Montgomery County Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Planning Work Group. She is a Community Health Advisory Board member of Singula Institute, which is working to transform mental health diagnostics and treatment.

Sonia holds a JD and Master of Public Health from the University of South Carolina, and a BA in Anthropology from Temple University.