Tonya Burke has close to 30 years of professional experience which has brought vision, strategy, and leading-edge partnerships driving transformational advances in education, workforce, and economic development. She spent 18 years working with the State of California’s Department of Rehabilitation and the California Workforce Development Board. In her most recent role, she led the High Road Training Partnership initiative and grant program, which addressed income inequality, economic competitiveness, and climate change through the development of unique regional training opportunities and skills strategies designed to support economically and environmentally resilient communities across the state. Tonya has served on several boards and organizations, including the Riverside Transit Agency, Community Action Partnership (CAP), League of California Cities – Housing, Community & Economic Development Committee, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz, an MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and is a PhD candidate at Northcentral University, working to complete her dissertation, The Strong Black Woman Schema: A Qualitative Case Study Exploring the Online Abuse of African American Female Municipal Level Politicians in The United States.

Tonya currently resides in the City of Perris, where she previously served as a City Councilmember. She is a devout foodie, who loves spending her free time with her husband Jason, their three adult children (Devon, Brianna, and Jaylyn), and granddaughter (Kiani).