Tonya Allen

Tonya Allen


McKnight Foundation




Tonya Allen stepped into the McKnight Foundation presidency in March, moving from Detroit, where she led the Skillman Foundation. Arriving in Minneapolis with the pandemic raging and in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and the social unrest that followed it, Allen already has begun making her mark, hiring diverse new program staff, frequently writing about her perspectives on Minneapolis-based McKnight’s work, and shifting grantmaking patterns to reflect McKnight’s forthright commitment to equity. Allen feels a sense of urgency to seize once-in-a-generation opportunities to rebuild communities and reimagine a different future, saying McKnight will transform from grantmaker to changemaker.