Board Member: Dr. Sonja Brookins
Dr. Sonja Brookins, born and raised in Tampa, Florida; speaker, co-author, and environmental
justice advocate. Current elected official and Treasurer for Hillsborough County Soil and Water
Supervisor for District 4. A graduate of Austin Peay State University, Prairie View A&M
University and Texas Chiropractic College. She graduated with the cohort class of 2021 and
received a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate in the workplace with USF Muma College
Dr. Brookins, a 2021 Florida Women on the Run Spring Cohort, now mentors new
candidates with a desire to run for office. She is the Chair of the Democratic Environmental
Caucus of Florida Standup Environmental Justice Committee.
Dr. Sonja is an executive board member on various boards and panels for education,
healthcare, human rights, and environmental issues. Her involvement with such groups as
CROP at Hillsborough Community College of Brandon, Sheehy Elementary School read aloud
and Miracles Outreach for sexually abused children are just a few of her interests. She is a
retired science educator from Hillsborough County School District and a previous adjunct for
Hillsborough Community College, with a specialization for Human Anatomy and Microbiology.
She has used her platform for legislative bills for LGBTQIA+ youth, policy, and environmental
injustices in Florida and New York.