Tonya Adair

Chief Impact Officer
United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Tonya Adair is chief impact officer at United Way for Southeastern Michigan. She joined the organization in 2018 and provides executive oversight of the community impact strategies for United Way, including its focus areas of education, economic prosperity and health. Prior to joining United Way, Adair spent 21 years at Milwaukee Public Schools, where her roles ranged from teacher to chief academic officer. She began her career as a teacher at Ouachita Parish Schools in her hometown of Monroe, Louisiana. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana, and a master’s degree in education administration and leadership from Alverno College in Milwaukee. Adair is a member of City Year’s District Learning Network, an initiative that bring cohorts of senior leaders from City Year’s partner school districts across the country together as a learning community to better support student and school success.



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