Dr Sonja Hood is the CEO of Community Hubs Australia. She leads a national partnership with schools, government, corporates and philanthropy to engage culturally isolated women and pre-school children through place-based hubs in primary schools and community centres. Prior to this, Sonja was the General Manager of Community Engagement at the North Melbourne Football Club, heading up The Huddle to engage culturally diverse young people through education and sport. Sonja has over 20 years of social policy and program experience in the US, UK and Australia. She has a PhD from the University of Melbourne in population health, and a Master’s degree from Penn State in policy.