About Us


Somoto was founded at MIT in 2020. We originally developed Somoto through student accelerator programs, including the School of Planning and Architecture's DesignX and the PKG IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge. We met as three City Planning graduate students at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Our collective experiences with urban inequality fuel our passion to ensure that young people everywhere can participate in our changing economies.





Sarah Rege

Sarah has a background in Architecture, Graphic Design and Communication, earning a a Master in City Planning from MIT and a B.Arch degree from Virginia Tech.  


Sofia Gulaid
Sofia’s brings urban design, fabrication and refugee service experiences. She has a Master in City Planning from MIT and a B.A. in Environmental Studies at Yale University.


Somala Diby
Somala has a background in Housing Policy and Community-Based and Applied Research. She earned a Master in City Planning from MIT and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University.