In December 2021, Soneyet Muhammad joined Episcopal Community Services as the Chief of Programs to envision and lead its capacity-building initiatives and strategic partnerships for the multi-service antipoverty and racial justice organization.
In her previous role at Drexel University, she developed the institutional vision of economic inclusion for the President’s Office of University and Community Partnerships. One part of this work was her leadership of the Beachell Family Learning Center and its entrepreneurship, workforce development, adult education, and financial wellness programs. Mrs. Muhammad structured her staff’s community-facing work to intentionally connect to both academic partners and business units within the University to advance the institutional civic engagement strategy. Mrs. Muhammad staffed the University President’s Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee and convened its working groups to advance the shared placed-based hiring, sourcing, and building efforts. Grounded at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, Soneyet’s work bridged the gap between Drexel, the power of its sphere of influence, and community assets to champion the institutional civic engagement mission.
Mrs. Muhammad’s professional background includes program development at Clarifi, research at CoStar Group, government consulting at Jones Lang LaSalle, and private equity investment at Clarion Partners in commercial real estate developments throughout the country. In these roles, she used behaviorally-informed service delivery practices and adapted operations to reach consumers through new partnership channels, led a $250 million securitized debt competition among leading investment banks, returned millions of dollars of equity investments to pension funds, and steered diverse groups of stakeholders toward consensus to the benefit of American military families.
She served on the City of Philadelphia’s Retirement Security Task Force, Stop Payday Lending Coalition, and the Financial Wellness Subcommittee on the Urban Affairs Coalition. She was a member of the Debt Advisory Group for the Aspen Institute’s Expanding Prosperity Impact Collaborative (EPIC). She serves on the Board of Directors for Impact Services Corporation, a community-based real estate development organization in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington.
Soneyet graduated from The George Washington University with a B.B.A. with a dual concentration in Finance and Economics and Public Policy and she completed her graduate degree at Penn State University in Community and Economic Development.