President, The Parris Foundation
Tonya is the President and Founder of The Parris Foundation: S.T.E.M.ulating Minds http://STEMulatingMinds.org, an extended learning 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that equips under-served youth with the tools to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines academically and professionally.
Tonya is also the CEO of the Parris Group, Inc. A technology, financial, professional and personal development consulting and coaching firm that supports social and emotional learning, intelligence & responsibility seminars, workshops and retreats.
Prior to her commitment to be in service to others, Tonya followed her passion for technology and pursued a career as a Software Engineer in the Financial Services industry where she lived amidst the few Women on Wall Street who had global responsibility in the Information Technology Application Development space. Tonya has over 20 years of experience working for premiere companies like Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, Credit Suisse and served as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs for the majority of her 12 year tenure. Tonya began her career at Morgan Stanley after her studies in the Master’s of Science in Engineering Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Engineering. She completed her undergraduate studies at Binghamton University where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science at the Watson School of Engineering.
She currently serves on the Watson School of Engineering Advisory Committee, Educational Opportunities Program Council at Binghamton University and committed over 12 years of service on the Binghamton Alumni board of directors. While at Binghamton, Tonya became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and is currently an active member of Delta Sigma Theta’s Montclair Alumnae chapter.
Having grown up in public housing in the Bronx, Tonya has a vested interest and can relate to the economically distressed communities that she serves.