Hisako Sonethavilay

Senior Advisor for Applied Research

Hisako Sonethavilay is the Research & Policy Manager at Blue Star Families (BSF). Hisako joined BSF in August 2014 and supports the management of key BSF legislative policy work and research projects including Blue Star Families’ annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey. Hisako’s interest in BSF’s legislative policy work and research stems from her own experiences as a Marine Corps spouse and passion for advocating on behalf of military families on a macro level. Hisako holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from George Mason University and an active License in Social Work (LSW) from the state of Virginia.

Prior to joining BSF, Hisako practiced family-focused community social work, published research during her time at George Mason University, and volunteered for a number of military family organizations with a focus on military family services and community advocacy. Hisako currently resides in San Diego, CA with her active duty husband and son.