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This profile was last updated on 2/1/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Interim Communications Manager

Local Address:  Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania , United States
City of Pittsburgh Office of the Mayor

Employment History

  • Governor
    Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs
  • Executive Director
    Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs
  • Public Information Officer
    Public Safety Department, City of Pittsburgh
  • Director Communications
    People For Peduto
  • City Editor
    New Pittsburgh Courier
  • News Editor
    New Pittsburgh Courier
  • Spokeswoman
    Allegheny Conference
  • Director of Communications
    Allegheny Conference
  • Bill Peduto
  • Director of Communications

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • bachelor's degree , journalism and communications
    Point Park University
62 Total References
Web References
Board of Directors - Small Seeds Development, Inc., 3 Feb 2015 [cached]
Sonya M. Toler Public Information Officer
BRAVO! Group Services | Custodial, Janitorial, Building Cleaning, Facility Services | News Detail [cached]
Sonya Toler, former Executive Director of Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs.
Leadership: Diversity and Inclusion
Soul Caf̩ РPittsburgh Black Media Federation, 13 Sept 2014 [cached]
Successful alumni from the workshop include Keith Alexander, business reporter and columnist for The Washington Post; Sonya Toler, former city editor for The New Pittsburgh Courier; and Sharon Epperson, a personal finance correspondent for CNBC.
Sonya Toler, Communications ..., 24 Jan 2013 [cached]
Sonya Toler, Communications Director
It's my pleasure to announce that Sonya Toler will be the campaign's Communications Director. Sonya is expert in her field - from old media to new; from journalism to government; from writing and planning behind the scenes to being in front of the mic. Sonya got her start in journalism. She spent 21 years in that field working at the New Pittsburgh Courier as news editor, the Pittsburgh Business Times as a staff writer, the Pittsburgh International Airport Magazine as managing editor, and having worked as a freelance reporter and editor. Sonya also was Director of Communications at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
Sonya spent over five years as the Executive Director of the Governor's Advisory Commission of African America Affairs during the Rendell Administration. She was the Commonwealth's advocate on behalf of African Americans. Her responsibilities included serving as a policy advisory to the Governor and assisting individuals wade through the often confusing maze that is state government in areas including, education, housing, business opportunity, economic development, discrimination and health. Most recently, Sonya founded Proclaim Magazine - a digital publication for women in ministry.
By Sonya M. ... [cached]
By Sonya M. Toler
Sonya M. Toler
Sonya Toler photo
Sonya M. Toler has spent more than 20 years telling other people's stories. The 1987 graduate of the Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop formerly worked as a news editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier, staff writer at the Pittsburgh Business Times and managing editor of the Pittsburgh International Airport Magazine.
She also has held positions as the communications director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and executive director of the Commission on African American Affairs under then-Pennsylvania Gov.
Currently, Toler, 43, is communications director of Pittsburgh Councilman and Democratic nominee Bill Peduto's campaign for mayor.
A Hill District resident, Toler has a bachelor's degree in journalism and communications from Point Park University. It is her hope to use her storytelling abilities to remind people that the efforts to rebuild Haiti are still under way and shed light on how Haitians are creating opportunities for renewal after the devastating earthquake of January 2010.
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