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Sonali Bustamante Wilson

Since 2004, Sonali has served as general counsel of Cleveland State University. She was first affiliated with the University in 1996 as a lecturer in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where she taught advanced brief writing. She became assistant university legal counsel in 1997 and board secretary in 2000, a position she held until 2011.

She is board member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, serves as the first Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and is a member of The Norman S. Minor Bar Association. Sonali holds a bachelor's degree in history from Boston University, a master's degree in government studies from Harvard University, and a juris doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center. In 1986, she served as the first law clerk to Ohio Supreme Court Justice Herbert R. Brown, now retired. From 1988-1994, she was an appellate litigation associate with the Cleveland office of Arter & Hadden, and in private practice from 1994- 1997.

Active in community service, she is currently a member of the Cleveland Institute of Music Board of Trustees, the University Hospitals' MacDonald Women's Health Leadership Council, the National Legal Committee of The Links, Incorporated., a member of The Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the National Leadership Advisory Council to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Boston University. She takes time to serve several other charitable and service organizations, and loves spending time with her husband, Dr. N. Stephen Wilson, II, and their children, Martine and twins Joy and Julian, who are attending college.