Sonja Chapman

Associate Professor | International Trade and Marketing
sonja chapman

(212) 217-4288

Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B437


BA, Baruch College, City University of New York
MS, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Licensed U.S. Customhouse Broker


Sonja Chapman is a licensed customhouse broker with more than 40 years of experience managing international transportation logistics and customs compliance for apparel companies. Chapman began teaching at FIT in 2003 and conducts courses in international logistics, import/export regulations, and international compliance management. Chapman has participated in FIT's international teaching partnerships, teaching at the Bangkok International Fashion Academy and conducting seminars for visiting students from Moscow State University. She regularly coordinates Alumni and Trade Panels on behalf of FIT's International Trade and Marketing department.

Chapman has maintained a 40-year career in the fashion industry, working in senior level supply chain management positions overseeing the international shipping, customs compliance, and regulatory compliance for a broad range of apparel companies. In 2004, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture appointed Chapman to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Cotton Board. She has served multiple terms and is currently the chairman of the organization. She is also a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA), where she serves as treasurer and is an active participant on their Customs Committee.

In her hometown, Chapman is the president of the board of trustees of the Boonton Holmes Public Library.