A Conversation with Sonja Davis

Name: Sonja Davis

Title: Senior Proposal Specialist, Strategic Initiatives Proposal Services

Time with HJF: 6 years

Sonja Davis provides excellent customer service to principal investigators, collaborators and internal customers. She has the incredible ability to make customers feel like they are her only customer, and she has won raving fans and HJF loyalists. 

Sonja’s work is extremely important to her. Her excellence shines through from day to day at meetings, when she creates budgets as well as budget justifications, when creating and editing documents and even when working on her own to facilitate the process. Sonja does so with a smile. 

 Her satisfied customers often take the time to send letters about the great work she does. She is an excellent employee and an asset to HJF.

submitted by Lisa Straker, Senior Proposal Manager-Team Lead, Strategic Initiatives – Proposal Services 


What do you love most about the work you do? The work I do is extremely important. Knowing that I am part of a team, that is always seeking to improve and enhance the life of those that are in the military, gives me a feeling of pride and honor. 

What’s the last book you read? Well, the last book I actually read (five times in a row) was “I’m Just a Little Pig” by Francois Crozat. You see, I’m a new BiBi, which means grandmother in Swahili. There you have it, reading to my 15-month-old grandson Davis. Though, for my other reading pleasure, I enjoyed, “The Mastery of Love” by Don Miguel Ruiz. 

What are you passionate about? Oh wow! I am passionate about so many things: my family; a close relationship with God; and empowering, educating and enlightening women and children through safety awareness.

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day? I have a really cool job and I enjoy what I do. However, I wouldn’t mind swapping places for a day with either Michelle Obama or Oprah. 

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go? South Africa. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your colleagues at HJF? My motto is we must operate from a place of being “Proactive and not Reactive!”