Monarch Academy Public Charter School in Baltimore named Sophia Ward to the school’s board of directors. Ward, vice president of programs for the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore, has created and managed programs for at-risk populations for more than nine years.

In her role at the Center for Urban Families, Ward leads day-to-day program planning, implementation and management. Previously, she was associate dean at Baltimore City Community College, where she managed two grant programs helping Black students. In addition, Ward taught as anadjunct professor for Washington Adventist University.

Ward holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction and master’s degree in educational policy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and education from Colgate University in New York.

Monarch Academy Public Charter School Baltimore ( is a co-educational public charter school operated by The Children’s Guild serving students in Baltimore City.