Sonny Lawrence D. Alea

Friends of the Urban Forest

My name is Sonny Lawrence D. Alea. I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and have since been working in San Francisco within organizations delivering environmental education programs, workforce development programs within the environmental field, or focused on environmental justice as part of their work. I first began my career path as an Environmental Educator as an intern with San Francisco Recreation and Parks, leading outdoor activities and restoration projects with elementary, middle, and high school age youth. I continued delivering environmental education programs and mentored high school and college interns at the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park. I come to the Rising Leadership Fellowship as Friends of the Urban Forest’s Green Teens Manager where I work with youth to develop their professional skills through the work of tree planting and tree care in San Francisco neighborhoods.