Tony Funchess is an accomplished community leader based in Portland, Oregon with a history of advocating for marginalized communities. As a college student, Tony helped organize numerous impactful events and conferences. In December 2015, he was a driving force behind a Students Of Color Speakout at Portland State University which has had a major impact on the institution. In the words of the College President, “The Students of Color Speak Out has transformed our pedagogy of instruction and curriculum development.”
Tony’s community leadership includes executive roles in both the local NAACP as well as the Urban League of Portland’s Young Professional Network. He has been a long-time advocate, member and leader in a host of other organizations representing LGBTQ rights, public safety, criminal justice, and student rights.
Today, Tony works as a consultant with arts organizations in his state. His work has been elevating the conversation around diversity, social justice, and community engagement in arenas that tend to be exclusive and lacking in diverse representation. This work has allowed Tony to marry his passions for justice, art, leadership development, and community engagement. He hopes to continue this work and develop it into a career of consulting that is helping shape the conversation for transformative change.