Sonia Gardner formerly known as Sonia Esther Lasry born 16th February, 1962 in Marrakech, Morocco where she was born to a computer programmer (father) and school teacher (mother). She emigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1966 when she was four years old.
She was raised in West Hartford, Connecticut with her brother Marc Lasry and sister Ruth Lasry. She graduated with B.A. with honors in philosophy from Clark University in 1983 and a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law in 1986. After graduation from School of Law, Sonia began her career as Senior Attorney of the Bankruptcy and Corporate reorganization Department at Cowen and Company.
In 1989, she founded the debt brokerage firm Amroc Investments together with her brother Marc with Sonia as Senior Portfolio Manager and by 1995, they formed Avenue Capital Group.
In 2008, she received the 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ 2008 Industry Leadership Award. In 2010 and 2011, The Hedge Fund Journal included her in their list of the Top 50 Women in Hedge Funds. By January 2011 Sonia rang the stock market’s closing bell in celebration of the tenth anniversary of “100 Women in Hedge Funds.”
She was listed in the book, The Alpha Masters: Unlocking the Genius of the World’s Top Hedge Funds in 2012 and in March 2013, Business Insider included her in their list of the 25 most powerful women on Wall Street. Sonia also rang the closing bell at the NYSE on August 25, 2015, on behalf of “100 Women in Hedge Funds.” In December 2015, she was included in the elect new chair of the new Global Association Board Leadership for 2016 for the 100 Women in Hedge Funds
Sonia is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mount Sinai Medical Center. She was previously on the board of the non-profit organization “Her Justice,” which helps victims of domestic violence. She was also on the Board of Directors of the Managed Funds Association (MFA) and on its Executive Committee.