Full Name
Tonia Wellons
Job Title
President & CEO
Greater Washington Community Foundation
Speaker Bio
Tonia Wellons is the President & CEO of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the largest public foundation in the Greater Washington region. Leading an organization with a staff of 30, $335 million in assets under management, and $60 million in annual grants, Tonia oversees the day-to-day business of the organization, serves as chief development officer, and works with the Board of Trustees and staff to determine the strategic priorities. Prior to joining The Community Foundation in July 2016, she served as a political appointee for the Obama Administration as head of global partnerships at the Peace Corps. Most notably, Tonia led bold cause-marketing partnerships at the Peace Corps for Let Girls Learn (an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama). Tonia previously served as fund manager of a multi-donor initiative focused on financial access and inclusion at the World Bank Group.
In 2010, Tonia founded the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF) to 'shift the narrative' and build social capital in the County. Tonia is a 23-year resident of Prince George's County and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration and International Development Policy from the University of Delaware, and a bachelor’s in Political Science from North Carolina A&T State University. Tonia serves on the board of Leadership Greater Washington and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. She also serves as co-chair of the Black Voices for Black Justice Fund DMV’s Black Justice Fellowship and a member of the Prince George’s Forward Task Force, the Federal City Council, and the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness. She was recently named a Hero of the Crisis by Washingtonian Magazine, 2020 Nonprofit Leader of the Year by the Washington Business Journal, and the 2020 Philanthropist of the Year by the AFP DC chapter.
Tonia Wellons