Tonia Wellons

Vice President for Community Investment at The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

Tonia serves as Vice President for Community Investment at The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. In that role, Tonia oversees all of the Foundation’s competitive and discretionary grantmaking and strategic partnerships with the community.

Tonia joined in July 2016 and was most recently Head of Global Partnerships at the Peace Corps where she was responsible for leading the Agency’s partnerships with government, the private sector, international NGO’s, and donors. Tonia 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 as working on USAID-funded capacity development initiatives during the immediate post-apartheid era in South Africa.

Tonia has led youth employment programs and continues to serve as advisor on local civic engagement programs. In 2010, she founded The Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF) and its flagship initiative, Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County, in the place that has been her home for nearly 19 years. Its mission is to build social capital and invest in new approaches to addressing a broad range of social challenges in the county.