Tonna Onyendu is an Analyst with the Innovation Delivery Team in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation.
Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Tonna understands first-hand how a dearth of economic development and opportunity adversely affects communities and the life outcomes of its residents. Conversely, Tonna also recognizes that if given the right opportunities and adequate resources, working class communities like South L.A. and its inhabitants can thrive, grow, and progress as a community. These realizations catalyzed his commitment to improving conditions and the overall quality of life for his fellow Angelenos, especially those in Los Angeles’ low-income neighborhoods.
Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation, Tonna worked as the South Los Angeles and Downtown Area Representative for the Mayor’s Office, working directly with residents in these areas on issues ranging from mass transit to workforce development to public safety. Prior to the Mayor’s Office, Tonna worked in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors where he managed organizing and coalition-building efforts for K-12 education-based campaigns; including the reconstitution of one of Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) lowest-performing schools and reforming LAUSD’s district-wide school discipline policy.
Tonna received his Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California.