Somya was born and raised in India and holds an engineering degree. She worked in telecommunications and later moved to the US to earn her MBA from Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business. Post graduation, she lived abroad in Arnstorf, Germany working for a manufacturing company in the data-center industry, in market research and strategic planning. Since moving back to the US, she has worked across multiple industries in diverse functions. Her various roles and responsibilities included brand and product marketing, strategic planning, project management, business administration, non-profit development and board management and engineering. She is currently the Director of Brand Marketing at BAT Reynolds. Prior to BAT Reynolds, Somya worked in Marketing at Hanesbrands and Hatch Early Childhood. She has volunteered extensively in the Winston-Salem area and also served as the Development Director of Bethesda Center for the Homeless and Admin Director of Junior League of Winston-Salem.