Tonna Obaze is an entrepreneur, investor & advisor focused on helping underserved communities discover their potential and pursue their purpose. Tonna Obaze is Founder & CEO of Tonna&Co — an impact advisory firm providing management consulting and strategic services to purpose driven organizations. She has served as a chief of staff, investor & strategist at Goldman Sachs, Girls Who Invest, and a number of diversity focused venture capital funds. She has consulted and collaborated with various Fortune 500 companies and executives from Google, Salesforce, Boston Consulting Group, Harvard Business School, the University of Pennsylvania Center for Social Impact Strategy, and Mount Sinai Hospital. She has worked alongside the State of New York Governor’s Office and the City of New York Mayor’s Office, advising Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams on recommendations on tech policy and legislation.
Tonna has served as a contributing author at Business Insider, covering sustainability, diversity and profiles of top Wall Street executives. She has published research and thought leadership on diversity in finance, entrepreneurship and the VC industry. Tonna has been featured in Fortune Magazine, Crain’s New York, ImpactAlpha, and Ebony Magazine, as well as being recognized by Nasdaq & Ladderworks as a Social Entrepreneur & Ecosystem Builder advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Tonna is a nationally ranked public speaker & speechwriter, awarded by Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. She has served as moderator, keynote speaker, and host of several industry conferences and events. Additionally, she hosted the More Equity Podcast: Angel Investor Series, covering angel investing & emerging market investing in Africa & LatAm.
Tonna has demonstrated a deep commitment to public service. She serves as a board member of the Union Catholic Regional High School School Consultative Board and was appointed to the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Eastern Regional Leadership Team. Her passion for supporting diverse communities motivated her to launch the Gamma Chapter Reading Room (a community development & mentorship center for West Philadelphia youth) and the Black Ivy League Business Conference, the first conference of its kind.
Tonna graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, after being named a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and awarded the Makuu Award for Exemplary Community Leadership. She is a proud Nigerian-American and enjoys reading, traveling, listening to podcasts, and practicing hot yoga and meditation.