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Education has deep roots for Bonnie Somers. Her great-grandmother emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1911 and sent six grandchildren to college. Her mother, a retired special education teacher, made a profound difference in young lives. And as a mother herself to three sons, Bonnie wants every child to have access to a great teacher!
As senior vice president of communications for the Milken Family Foundation, which she joined in 1999, Bonnie is privileged to lead a talented team in media and public affairs. She has directed several award-winning marketing and public relations campaigns, including the Milken Educator Awards notifications and the Ferne Milken Youth & Sports Complex. The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching honored Bonnie with a 2013 TAP Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement.
Bonnie’s diverse background combines corporate, nonprofit and agency experience. For 12 years, she ran Somers Communications, serving clients ranging from the Los Angeles Times in Education to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Bonnie earned a B.A. at Pomona College, then a master's in public relations and an MBA from the University of Southern California, where she was named a Commerce Associates Fellow.