The Center on Community Philanthropy will host Tonya Allen, a serial “idea-preneur,” who serves as the Skillman Foundation’s president and chief executive officer at noon on Friday, February 22 at Sturgis Hall. Allen’s dates of residency at the Clinton School of Public Service are February 18-22, 2019.
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.
The Center on Community Philanthropy works to strategically convene local residents, institutional representatives and thought leaders in seminars, symposiums and forums for debate. Together, these individuals address how government, business, and the nonprofit sector can better understand each other and work together to address social, economic, and human development issues of low resource communities in the American South and around the world. The center believes in the power of convening and uses its capacity to bring people with different backgrounds together to encourage learning and collaboration for positive change.