tonia wellons, founder & managing director
Tonia Wellons has been a resident of Prince George’s County for 22 years. She currently serves as a Vice President at the Greater Washington Community Foundation and leads the Community Investment function, grant-making, community engagement efforts, and strategic partnerships. She has over 20 years of experience spanning senior leadership roles at the Peace Corps and the World Bank Group to social entrepreneurship for a community-based fund that she founded.
Prior to joining the Foundation in July 2016, she served as a political appointee for the Obama Administration as head of global partnerships at the Peace Corps. Tonia was responsible for leading the agency’s partnerships with government, the private sector, international NGOs, and donors. This included bold cause-marketing partnerships for Let Girls Learn (an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama) with the likes of Land’s End and Alex and Ani; and a service exchange relationship with IBM. Tonia previously served as fund manager for CGAP, a multi-donor initiative focused on financial access and inclusion, housed at the World Bank Group. She also spent a significant part of her career working on USAID-funded capacity development initiatives during the immediate post-apartheid era in South Africa and the broader region.
In 2010, Tonia founded The Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF) and its flagship initiative, Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County. Its mission is to build social capital and invest in new approaches to addressing a broad range of social challenges in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Tonia has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and International Development Policy from the University of Delaware, and a BA in Political Science from North Carolina A&T State University.