Tonya Guinn is a senior program assistant on the education team at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, one of the largest private foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. She provides support for education-focused initiatives through research, program development, program and event management in addition to building relationships. For the past 4 years she has served as the co-chair for the Amplify Conference, an annual convening for educators and leaders of color. As a Kansas City native, Tonya was a student in the Kansas City Public Schools K-12 and this drives her passion in doing what she can to work in establishing an equitable, fair, and quality education for students in the urban core. As an adult, she realized the importance of higher education and its potential benefits and obtained her associate and bachelor’s degrees, both in business administration, and a master’s degree in management, all from Baker University. She is an active member of her church and a volunteer for several local organizations and charitable causes in the community. She enjoys binge-watching shows on Hulu and Netflix, reading, dancing, cycling, running 5 and 10ks, and spending time with family and friends. She is a wife, mother and grandmother.