Program Officer, Community Partnerships
In her new role at Robins Foundation, Tyonka will focus on grantmaking that elevates community voice in developing innovative solutions to the most pressing issues facing Richmond region families.
Tyonka is passionate about learning from and providing support to resilient communities and individuals, which is reflected in her work. Before joining Robins Foundation, Tyonka was a Program Manager with Goodwill Industries International where she supported Goodwill® organizations across the country implementing sector-focused workforce development initiatives to help individuals overcome challenges and attain family sustaining careers. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Early College at the University of Indianapolis’ Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning where she supported a network of educators throughout Indiana implementing the Early College program, which significantly reduces the time and cost of postsecondary education for opportunity youth.
Tyonka graduated magna cum laude graduate from Butler University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis.
Tyonka and her husband are new to the Richmond community. They relocated to Virginia from Indianapolis at the end of 2016 and have been in Richmond since the summer of 2017.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A doctor…until I discovered blood is involved.
What is your favorite thing/place/activity/meal in Richmond?
Being new to Richmond, I’m still figuring these out. However, as a lover of walking and water, I have enjoyed and feel fortunate to have access to the T. Pott. and Belle Isle bridges.
What is your biggest fear or pet peeve?
Being trapped and wasted potential.
What is your favorite cereal?
Grape-Nuts with sliced strawberries and almond milk.
Finally, what is the thing you love most about working at Robins?
Our Tribe and our vision.