Tonya Thomas

Tonya Thomas

Tonya Thomas

Director, Systems Innovation


Tonya Thomas is an education technology, design, and multimedia communications leader and equity activist with nearly 25 years of experience in healthcare, information systems, training and human performance support, productivity consulting, public speaking, group facilitation, web development, PR and corporate communications, social media, project management, leadership development, data management, business management consulting, and non-profit operations management.

In addition to being Director, Systems Innovation, for TechTown Detroit, her additional roles include:

Previously, she served as Director, Educational Technology & Innovation at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI; instructional design lead, Quality Matters Coordinator, and project manager with the Academic Technologies Group at Oakland Community College, where she was responsible for establishing quality course development standards, review and approval processes, and mandatory faculty training required for the institution to obtain its HLC accreditation. Before that, she served as Director, Staff Learning & Development with Teach For America, where her chief charge was to oversee the effort to transform classroom training to web-based learning and performance support resources. She has also held education leadership roles with UnitedHealth Group, The University of Michigan, Trinity Health, and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers.

She earned a BS in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and member of both the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and Dean’s Student Advisory Council; obtained with distinction a Master’s in Education Technology from the University of Michigan; and has also completed undergraduate pre-med coursework in psychology and nursing at Wayne State University, Detroit. During her career, she has held numerous certifications, including MCP, MCT, and CIW. She is currently a certified project manager, a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and has completed additional education in Lean, Senn-Delaney, DiSC and StrengthsFinder productivity frameworks.

In her downtime, she enjoys music, singing, photography, painting, theater, interior decorating, spending time with her family, traveling, and being anywhere near open water. She lives in Macomb County, MI, with her ‘mini-panther,’ and several Mac and iOS devices.