#CBMATurns10 Honoree Spotlight: Tonya Allen

CBMA Is thrilled to celebrate the work and legacy of one of this year's #CBMATurns10 Gala and Fundraiser Honorees, Tonya Allen! 

Tonya, a serial “idea-preneur,” serves as the Skillman Foundation’s president & chief executive officer. Her two-decade-long career has centered on pursuing, executing and investing in ideas that improve her hometown of Detroit and reduce the plight of people, especially children, who live in under-resourced communities. In her current role, Allen aligns the complexities of education reform, urban revitalization, and public policy to improve the well-being of Detroit’s and the nation’s children. Allen has been instrumental in many successful philanthropic, government and community initiatives, including serving the boys and men of color field as chair for Campaign for Black Male Achievement and co-chair for My Brother’s Keeper Detroit and Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color.

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.

Allen’s personal ambition is to live a balanced, joyful and authentic life. Her sense of humor and faith keep her inspired and grounded as she works to make Detroit, the city she loves, a better, stronger, more thriving place for children. She’s married to husband, Louis, and has three daughters, Phylicia, Brianna and Alanna.


Join us in New York City on October 18th to celebrate Tonya Allen and fellow #CBMATurns10 honorees George Soros, Founder of the Open Society Foundations; and John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ariel Investments!