Sonya Littledeer-Evans earned her BA from the UO in political science with a minor in Spanish. She earned her master of public administration through PSU in 2008. She interned with a local juvenile justice department working with youth in the courts and detention center. She then worked as a juvenile probation officer and department supervisor and is currently the field services program manager for a juvenile department.
Drawing from her own experiences of poverty, discrimination, multicultural heritage and of being a juvenile delinquent, Littledeer-Evans has been a motivational speaker, trainer and facilitator for over 17 years. She has spoken and offered trainings on a national, state and local level dealing with cultural competency, disproportionate minority contact, gender specific issues, working with high-risk youth, equity, inclusion and social justice. In 2003, through a sponsorship by the State of Oregon Partners for Children & Families, Clackamas County Commission on Children & Families and the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, Littledeer-Evans was certified as a cultural competency trainer and serves on the cadre of Cultural Competency Trainers in Oregon. She also serves on the Oregon Juvenile Department Directors Association training faculty. In 2012 she was certified by the University of Cincinnati as a lead trainer in Effective Practices in Community Supervision.
She also formed Littledeer-Evans Consulting, which in 2012 was placed on the Oregon Health Authority, Office of Equity and Inclusion's Qualified Trainer Registry for Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity Training Services.