As the Director of Guidance and Programmatic Planning, Tonya champions Equity Alliance MN mission: “through collaborative learning and advocacy, be the leading force for systemic educational equity and integration.” Tonya is a passionate educator, dedicated to ensuring systemic equity and lifelong success for students and our communities. She brings 30 years of people and educational leadership to Equity Alliance MN across multiple environments. Prior to joining the dynamic EA MN team, Tonya served as a teacher, high school assistant principal, and a principal for 30 years, forging pathways to success for students and partnering with communities to ensure equitable outcomes. She has had the opportunity to advise and work alongside a number of boards and organizations including the LISC, YWCA, Men As Peacemakers, and Safe Haven. Outside of work, Tonya enjoys spending time shopping, traveling, splashing around Lake Superior, and hanging out in Duluth where she lives with her amazing husband, Mohammed, and energetic standard poodle, Winston.