Sonia M. Toledo holds a Ph.D. in education (with a focus on global training & development) and has more than 25 years of experience working in the after-school field, building quality programming for students in elementary through high school during out-of-school time. Sonia is a writer, speaker, and social entrepreneur whose primary focus is emotional intelligence training, youth development, and organizational culture change. She has worked for Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, Children’s Aid Society, and Child Care Inc.




Marina Badillo-Diaz completed her Doctorate in Social Work at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work in 2021. She graduated with a Master’s of Science in Social Work in 2011 from Columbia University's School of Social Work and obtained her social work clinical licensure from New York State in February 2015. She is currently completing a fellowship with the United States Department of Education completing a capstone project titled “An Advisory Model for 21st Century Skills in an Alternative High School Setting” for the 2023-23 academic year. She is also an adjunct professor at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work teaching courses on school social work and a consultant at Dignity of Children, a company specializing in 21st-century skills curriculum for youths K to 12. Prior to these current positions, she was a full-time counseling director at a charter transfer high school from 2019 to 2022, a social worker director for grades K through 8 at a middle and elementary charter school from 2015 to 2019, and a clinical social worker in a community mental health agency from 2011-2015. She also obtained a Post Graduate Clinical Supervisory Certification from Smith College for Social Work in 2017 and has over 10 years of providing clinical supervision and training for social workers, school counselors, and interns working towards their clinical licensure. Her interests and specialties include school social work supervision & crisis training, school organization structure & leadership, social-emotional learning & program development, data collection & data analysis, and 21st Century skills & curriculum development.