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Sonja Swygert

Sonja Swygert

Community Volunteer

Sonja Swygert

Community Volunteer

Sonja E. Swygert was born and educated in Baltimore, Maryland.  She graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and later obtained a Master of Education Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Her background in education led to teaching in the Baltimore City schools and teaching adult education in Brooklyn, NY.  Next, she set up Galbraith Daycare Center in Washington, DC.  Positions as director of Galbraith Daycare Center and director of Hahneman Daycare Center for Exceptional Children in Philadelphia compelled her to return to the classroom to work with children with special needs.  She taught Head Start for special needs children at Green Tree School in Philadelphia.  Ms. Swygert also held positions of Coordinator of Conferences and Scheduling, Student-Faculty Center, Temple University and Coordinator of Guest Relations/Volunteer Services, Temple University Hospital.  After moving to Albany, New York, she was employed as Assistant Director of Conferences and Special Events at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

Ms. Swygert returned to Washington, DC in 1995 and for eight years was an active fundraiser for Howard University, especially for the Moorland Spingarn Library and Howard University Hospital. While there, she was a member of The International Neighbors organization which was a club of Congressional and diplomatic wives.  She also was a member of the Board of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region for approximately three years.  Presently, Ms. Swygert is a member of the Board of BabySteps and the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County.  As an alumna of Morgan State University, she is still active with her graduating class to provide financial support to the University.  About ten years ago, Ms. Swygert moved to Highland Beach, Annapolis where she served as town commissioner for three years.  She now resides in the Historic District of Annapolis and has two adult sons, Patrick, Jr and Michael. 

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