Meet the Team

Get to know the people behind My Private Professor

Sona Shah

Founder, CEO

Sona Shah is the CEO & Founder of My Private Professor, an innovative platform that aims to provide all students with access to the individualized support they need to succeed in school & beyond.

From a young age, education & philanthropy have been important pillars in Sona’s life. She started tutoring her neighborhood peers in 5th grade & continued to teach & tutor throughout her academic career.

After graduating from UC Berkeley Law School & practicing business litigation for a number of years, Sona returned to something that truly fulfilled her: tutoring. As demand for her tutoring services grew, she founded My Private Professor with a mission to provide affordable, top-notch, individualized tutoring for students in all grade levels.

In alignment with Sona’s values, MPP earmarks a portion of every tutoring hour to support educational opportunities in the community. By doing so, MPP maximizes its impact of helping all students achieve & succeed while providing the highest caliber of tutoring to their clients.

Sona is grateful to have over a decade of leadership experience on the boards of nonprofits in Southern California & currently serves as President of Tustin Public Schools Foundation, Board Member of Orangewood Foundation, & Founder of Inspire Philanthropy Fund.

Through her leadership at MPP & in the community, Sona is determined to do what she can to inspire & empower others to achieve their greatest potential & lead tomorrow’s world.


We have had an awesome experience so far with My Private Professor! Our tutor absolutely helped our daughter improve her grades (from getting C’s to scoring the highest grade in the class two tests in a row!). Most importantly, our tutor helped our daughter gain critical confidence in her own abilities in math.


After working with My Private Professor for a little over a month, my confidence level soared and I found myself making a 10-point jump. I would recommend My Private Professor because they can definitely help you overcome your test anxiety and much, much more!


[My daughter] has flourished utilizing MPP! She looks forward to her sessions with Lauren and has learned and retained tons! Lauren is always on top of things and continues to challenge [my daughter]. We greatly appreciate this program and look forward to many more sessions with her! Lauren rocks!