Sonia Salas was born in Panama and grew up in the Dominican Republic. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from Altos de Chavón School of Design in 1991, and received a scholarship to attend Parsons School of Design from which she earned a BFA in Illustration in 1993, along with a certificate in K-12 Art Education at the Bank Street College for Education that same year. In 1991, Salas began working in the Graduate Faculty (now, the New School for Social Research) Dean’s Office as a work-study student, while still pursuing art-related work outside the school. In addition to numerous freelance illustration assignments, and concurrently with her initial years as a new hire, Salas worked as an art department intern (November 1993-June 1994) and assistant (June 1994–August 1994) at the weekly Village Voice newspaper. In December 1993, she became the executive secretary in the Graduate Faculty Dean’s Office, a position she held until July of 1997; after that, she worked as assistant to the dean, office manager, assistant director of administration, and, finally, associate director of administration there. Salas resigned effective August 5, 2013.
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