Our Staff

Tyonka Perkins Rimawi
Program Officer, Community Partnerships


Tyonka is passionate about learning from and providing support to resilient communities. In her role, Tyonka focuses on community voice to elevate strategies that promote career and college success, wealth building, and power building.

Before joining Robins Foundation, Tyonka was a Program Manager with Goodwill Industries International where she provided support to Goodwill® organizations across the country implementing workforce development programs that helped individuals 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 Early College High Schools, which significantly reduce 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 she earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis.


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?
Thing: All of the hills and greenery
Place: My sunroom
Activity: Exploring neighborhoods on foot (I’m new to Richmond)
Meal: Too many to name

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 team and our vision.