Sophia A. Nelson is a small town girl born in Munich Germany where her father (and maternal grandfather) was serving overseas in the United States Army. Raised in the working class suburbs of southern New Jersey by her parents, Sophia is the oldest of two children, and the first in her family to attend a four year college and attain a Doctorate Degree in Law. Sophia was always outgoing and popular with classmates and friends, serving as class President of her high school class all four years and as Captain of the girl's track team. Lettering as a freshman, as well as setting and breaking records in relays, long jump and 100 meters throughout high school. Nelson went on to attend San Diego State University, and made history in the California State University System by becoming the first African American woman to be elected as an Associated Students Executive Officer in 1988-1989. Sophia has always been a high achiever and once she left college and law school she continued to soar professionally. Breaking barriers on Capitol Hill, being a trail blazer in the legal profession, and leading the way for women of her generation and beyond to live more fulfilling and happy lives.
The evolution of Sophia Nelson began to take place in her life around 2007--when she was a high-powered Washington, D.C., lawyer/lobbyist at Holland & Knight LLP and up for partner. She decided instead, to leave the vigorous practice of law and K Street and pursue her lifelong passion of becoming a journalist and author by covering the historic 2008 presidential campaign. Nelson calls herself a "recovering lawyer" as she has now written her third non-fiction book in five years and is considered one of the nation's premier thought leaders, speakers, writers and trainers on issues pertaining to women, personal transformation, diversity, faith, law and politics.