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Tonya Allen

Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Program, The Skillman Foundation

Tonya Allen is the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Program at The Skillman Foundation. She is the architect of the Foundation’s 10-year $100-million Good Neighborhoods program, oversees all three of the Foundation’s main programs, as well as the communications and technology operations, and talent development. A native Detroiter, Tonya attended Cass Tech High School, and has a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and master’s degrees in social work and public health, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She was one of 44 emerging American leaders who received the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship for 2011. Crain’s Detroit Business named Tonya a 2007 40 Under 40 winner, an annual award that recognizes Detroit’s emerging leaders. In 2008, Tonya won the Michigan Neighborhood Champions award, which is given annually by the committee of the Michigan Neighborhood Partnership. She was also recognized for her dedication to changing the lives of children and families by St. John Health’s Open Arms program. Tonya, who joined The Skillman Foundation in 2004 as a program director, has also worked for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Plymouth-based Thompson-McCully Foundation. She was also the executive director of Detroit Parent Network. Allen lives in Southfield with her husband, Louis, and their daughters Phylicia, Brianna and Alanna.