Tonia has owned and operated a small business for the past five years as a business development consultant. Her expertise includes developing strategic plans that strengthen, sustains and enhances organizational effectiveness; and, establishing strong and effective boards through customized board training and leadership development.

Tonia's professional experience also includes 15 years of public service advocating for Hennepin County residents. For instance, just recently, she was appointed as Commissioner to the Minneapolis Charter Commission.  In brief, The Minneapolis City Charter is the Constitution of the City of Minneapolis and is the overriding legal document governing the operations of the city and all city department, boards and commissions.  As a Charter Commissioner, Tonia was also responsible for redrawing ward and park district boundary lines.