Chief Executive Officer Tonya Allen of Detroit’s Skillman Foundation will welcome us to Detroit during Thursday’s session, and share her thoughts on public education in Michigan.
During her two-decade-long career in her hometown of Detroit, Tonya has focused on pursuing, executing and investing in ideas that improve the city and reduce the plight of people, especially children, who live in under-resourced communities. In her current role at the Skillman Foundation, Tonya aligns the complexities of education reform, urban revitalization, and public policy to improve the well-being of Detroit’s and the nation’s children.
Before joining The Skillman Foundation in 2004, Allen worked as a program officer for both the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Thompson-McCully Foundation. She founded Detroit Parent Network, a parent membership organization dedicated to improving educational options for children, and led the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Rebuilding Communities Initiative in Detroit.