Vice President of Programs

Siomara Wedderburn, MSW

Siomara Wedderburn is a youth advocate dedicated to promoting a culture of health where children and families can thrive, rather than simply survive. Sio utilizes her experience as a social worker to support a model of youth development that is relational and focused on the whole person-mind, body, and spirit.

As an alumna of UrbanPromise, she understands the importance of having a safe haven in the community. At 14, the opportunity to work as a StreetLeader was transformational. She learned the value of leadership, found her voice, and began to understand the power of community. UrbanPromise was an incubator of Sio’s faith and love for people.

Sio has spent decades advocating for children and families in Camden County, N.J. During her career with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, she specialized in adoptions and finding forever homes for children who had become wards of the state.

Sio leads with passion, empathy, and a unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life. As a native of Camden, she utilizes her expertise in trauma, mental health, youth development, and child welfare to offer a unique perspective on the needs of her community.

Through participation in the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leaders program, Sio seeks to expand UrbanPromise’s commitment to being trauma-responsive and develop an educational model that is healing centered. A graduate of Rutgers University, with a Masters in Social Work, Sio lives in New Jersey with her husband Dwayne. She is the proud mother of Jaden, Sianna and Mya and enjoys traveling in her free time.