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Thyonne Gordon, PhD

Antioch University Los Angeles

Dr. Thyonne Gordon is an accomplished social profit management expert, writer and producer. Her work with 501c3 organizations has created growth-oriented businesses, strong board governance, productive teams and sustainable fundraising strategies using her proven technique of the S.T.O.R.Y.  Accelerator™.  Dr. Gordon has empowered hundreds of organizations nationwide.

With a passion for youth development, she worked with South Central youth organization A Place Called Home implementing a music collaboration with Berklee College of Music in Boston and the first of it’s kind, David and Linda Shaheen Scholarship, encouraging unlikely youth to consider higher education. Her work with CoachArt Organization, mentoring chronically ill youth in the arts and athletics, grew the organization from a local to regional scope servicing over 1,400 children annually.

Dr. Gordon’s ability to shed light on causes that bring positive impact is evidenced in the piece, From Watts to Africa, showcased in the 2015 Pan African Film Festival. This film highlights the journey of 17 inner city youth traveling to Africa with the organization, Foundation For Second Chances and the impact this leadership program had on their life.

Featured writer in Chicken Soup for the African American Soul; and ghost writer on several projects including a recent collaboration with Grammy nominated recording artist Chante’ Moore, Dr. Gordon’s gifts in bringing stories of significance to light and enhancing organizations for success, is unparalleled. She has raised millions of dollars for causes and is committed to positive, strategic and sustainable growth in the social profit sector.

With several accolades and awards for her work, Dr. Gordon is most proud of her service in board leadership and received a gubernatorial appointment to the California Naturopathic Board of Directors in 2014; was voted board Chairperson of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara in 2015 and has distinguished service on the Board of Advisors for Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Dr. Gordon resides in Los Angeles and encourages youth and adults alike to “bloom where you’re planted.” You can learn more about Dr. Gordon and her work by visiting

Educational History

PhD in Human & Organizational Development, Fielding Graduate University
MA in Organizational Development, Fielding Graduate University
MBA, Business Management, Pepperdine University
BA in Communications, Howard University

Gordon, T. (2007). Once Upon A Time… What Do Stories Told Or Heard By Inner-City Girls Tell About Their Resiliency? Dissertation Abstracts International, 68 (04), 2007 UMI No. 3264352 ISBN 978054902282-4.

Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017, 44th President of United States
Women Making A Difference Nominee, 2016, LA Business Journal
Girlz in the Hood Celebrate Women of Achievement Legacy Award, 2009
A Place Called Home Community Center
Women of Distinction, 2009, California Legislature Assembly Office of the Speaker

Thyonne Gordon headshot

Adjunct Faculty,

MA in Nonprofit Management Program


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