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Chief Equity Development Officer
(517) 702-3387 x 208
(517) 230-0342

As the Chief Equity Development Officer for LEAP, Tony leads the organization in establishing and extending programs to support equitable economic development throughout the Lansing region. To create a stronger, more competitive economy that works for all; Tony works to dismantle barriers and expand opportunities for low-income people, communities of color, and other underrepresented groups. Tony has worked in multiple capacities at LEAP starting as Business Acceleration Manager and VP of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, before being promoted to Chief Equity Development Officer.

Tony's most notable programs that he has led are:

PROTO Accelerator: the region’s first corporate innovation platform and the only accelerator in the state of Michigan with a program focused on InsurTech.
One and All: An IEDC Gold Award-winning entrepreneurial program focused on supporting entrepreneurs within the ALICE threshold with mentorship, educational curriculum, and seed funding.
Elevate: The region’s first small business accelerator focused on Black entrepreneurs and enterprises, to enhance revenue, profitability, and prominence.

Tony is a proud Spartan, having earned a BA in Communications with a specialization in PR from Michigan State University. Tony also attended Lansing Community College before transferring to Michigan State University.

When not working, Tony is an active community member where he serves on several boards and advisory groups for organizations (All of the Above, JUSTICE League of Greater Lansing).