Donald Sonnefeld received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University. He then received a Master of Science in Industrial Safety Management from the University of Central Missouri, where he was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in the Safety Science & Technology Department and inducted into Phi Kappa Phi honor society. He is a Certified Safety Professional (BCSP) and formerly a Certified Director of Safety (NATMI). He received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law, where he was the Public Relations Director for the Buffalo Moot Court Board and a member of the Federalist Society. During law school, Donald interned for the only elected Native American judge in New York State and worked in UB’s Entrepreneurship Law Clinic working with business startups in all phases. He was accepted into New York’s Pro Bono Scholars program in which he worked for the Small Business Legal Clinic at the Western New York Law Center. Prior to his legal career, Donald helped companies stay incompliance with government regulations, manage risk, solve problems, manage crises, and improve employee safety and health. As a former small business owner, he understands the needs and concerns of entrepreneurs and small companies. He has also served on the Board of multiple non-profit organizations. As an attorney, he continues to help businesses and business owners solve problems and implement strategies for success.
Donald is a licensed amateur radio operator (“Ham”) and volunteer leader in the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.