Tonya Allen named to National Convening Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Skillman Foundation President & CEO Tonya Allen joined an distinguished list of national nonprofit and corporate leaders on the newly formed National Convening Council, an independent private sector initiative bringing together leaders from business, philanthropy and the faith, youth and nonprofit communities. 


Tonya Allen, president & CEO The Skillman Foundation

The NCC will work parallel to the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and is headed by former NBA and Michigan State start Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Deloitte CEO Joe Echevarria,

“I’m humbled and honored to be included on this council,” said Allen. “But above all, I’m hungry to get to work with my colleagues to find solutions and accelerate change for young men of color, both in my hometown of Detroit and across the nation. These populations are in crisis and it’s heartening to see, for the first time, such strong commitment to work on these issues from the private sector.”

The NCC will draw attention to and support the multi-sector work of the BMOC initiative, and facilitate communication and coordination that cuts across sectors. Members of the NCC will spend the next few months traveling the country, lifting up examples of cross-sector efforts that are having a positive impact on boys and young men of color.

A full list of the NCC members is included below: 

  1. Co-Chair: Magic Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises 
  2. Co-Chair: Joe Echevarria, CEO of Deloitte
  3. Tonya Allen, CEO of Skillman Foundation
  4. Rosalind Brewer, President and CEO of Sam’s Club
  5. Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director of Advancement Project
  6. Yvette Butler, Executive Director of Gap Busters Inc.
  7. Ken Chenault, Chairman and CEO of AmEx
  8. Brian Cladoosby, President, National Congress of American Indians
  9. Toni Cook Bush – EVP, News Corporation
  10. Joshua DuBois, Founder of Values Partnerships
  11. Malachi Garza, Director of the Community Justice Network for Youth
  12. Danielle Gray, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  13. Bishop T.D. Jakes, Chief Pastor of The Potter's House
  14. Pam Martinez, Co-Executive Director of Padres y Jovenes Unidos
  15. Sam McCracken, Nike Native American Business Manager and Chairman of the N7 Fund
  16. Mayor Michael Nutter, City of Philadelphia
  17. John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Ariel Investments
  18. Dr. Robert K. Ross, CEO of The California Endowment
  19. Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition
  20. Councilmember Brandon Stevens, Oneida Nation, WI
  21. Jonathan Stith, National Coordinator of The Alliance for Educational Justice
  22. Mark Tatum, Deputy Commissioner of the NBA
  23. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, President of Skinner Leadership Institute
  24. David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications

The NCC announcement was part of a larger group of announcements today that included $104 million in new commitments to the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. See the full White House press release with more details here.

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to improving meaningful graduation rates in the Detroit region, so kids are ready for college, career, and life. The Foundation has assets of nearly a half-billion dollars, with an annual grants budget of $17 million. The Foundation works to achieve its goal by investing in community leadership, neighborhoods, safety initiatives, high-quality schools, social innovation, and youth development.