Pursuing her passion in promoting diversity and community wellness through film, theatre, and digital media, LaSonya is the Executive Producer of the inaugural InterFaith Film & Music Festival in New York, NY. LaSonya has been a Film Critic for FilmMonthly.com, a Producer of the short film, But, Seriously Folks!, screening and panel discussion of “God Loves Uganda” at The Riverside Church in New York City, and lead a crowdfunding campaign for pre-production activities to develop Power Moves The Play, an anti-bullying and anti-gun violence stage play.
She is a contributor to the book, "Film School & Beyond", by Darren Alff.
LaSonya served as an At-Large Board Member for Conscious Contact of New York, Inc., particularly focused on HIV/AIDS Prevention & Advocacy in Faith-Based places of worship. At The Riverside Church (TRC), LaSonya volunteered consecutively for three years to support the Christmas in July Gospel Lunch Celebration and supported film screenings promoting themes on self-care via HIV/AIDS outreach to youth and young adults aging out of foster care. Other service at TRC includes a two-year appointment to the Building Committee, a three-year elected term on the Budget & Planning Committee, and currently serving on the Membership Care & Parish Life Commission.
LaSonya has served as a Health & Wellness Delegate to the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1999 via the People to People Ambassador Program. Responding to natural disasters, LaSonya joined Habitat for Humanity volunteers on mission trips to rebuild homes in such areas like Texas City (devastated by Hurricane Rita), Birmingham, AL, (devastated by 2010/11 tornadoes) and Haiti (February 2013).
Speaking engagements include Entrepreneurs on Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, the Society for the Advancement of the Caribbean Diaspora (SACD) presents "Women and the Law" Panel Discussion in celebration of Women's History Month, Brooklyn, NY, 04/2013; FCCI Northeast Regional Conference, Hartford/Bloomfield CT, Luncheon Speaker, 06/2013; and Mistress of Ceremonies, World Without Women - Gleaning for Global Harvest, ACPI 2010 Women’s Conference, New York.
A native of Houston, Texas, LaSonya Thompson is an attorney with a B.S., from Texas A&M University-College Station, a Master’s of Health Education from University of Houston, a J.D., from Whittier Law School of Orange County, CA, and currently working on her capstone project for a Doctor of Public Administration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. LaSonya has resided in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York for more than eleven years and enjoys entertaining friends at arts and entertainment cultural events on the East, West, and Gulf Coasts of America.