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Tonya Allen

President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation

Tonya Allen is president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation, where she works to align education reform, urban revitalization, and public policy to improve the well-being of Detroit’s children. She is the architect of the Foundation’s 10-year $100-million Good Neighborhoods program, and helped orchestrate the development of Excellent Schools Detroit, a $200-million, citywide education reform organization.

Allen was instrumental in the expansion of Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, which increased summer jobs for youth from 2,500 to 8,200 paid positions. She also co-chaired the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, which successfully advocated for $667 million for the Detroit Public Schools Community District and return of an elected school board. Allen previously served as chair for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and co-chair for the Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color.