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Tonya Leigh


Tonya Leigh is the creative manager at the Foreign Policy Association, a non-profit organization in New York City that focus on developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion of U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Working at FPA has given Tonya the opportunities and challenges to design for diverse audiences of international and local policymakers, educators, youth and retirement communities. In her work, she plays a critical role in the organization’s marketing and branding initiatives. She is responsible for designing the organization’s marketing materials, special events collateral, display and promotional graphics. She has won numerous awards for her work and been featured in several publications. Tonya is also a photographer, who has exhibited her work in several U.S. cities. She is the founder of “underEXPOSED,” a group that provides opportunities for female photographers of color to exhibit their work. She feels design and photography should be approached from new perspectives in order to have a lasting impact on the viewer. In her career she’s designed for both private and public sectors including newspaper, arts, non-profit, educational and health industries. Tonya received a BFA in Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters Degree in Design Management from Pratt Institute.



Design is an ever-changing field and, as the world becomes more technological, designers will be forced to design in a way that’s less decorative and more elegant, responsive and engaging. I believe everything that exists in this world is because someone designs it. Therefore, there will always be a role and a need for designers.

Favorite Color?
Red, because it can be powerful, elegant, dynamic and passionate

Favorite Typeface?
Really depends on my mood, but mostly Helvetica, Whitney and Papyrus

Favorite App?
SnipSnap, Tipsy

Favorite TV Show?
Parenthood, 2 Broke Girls, Law & Order (SVU)

Favorite Book?
Kindred, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Who Moved My Cheese

Favorite Movies?
Eve’s Bayou, A Will of Their Own, Love Jones

Favorite Musician or Band?
Dianne Reeves, Billy Joel, Amy Winehouse, Elton John, Ella Fitzgerald

Favorite Fine Artist?
Gordon Parks, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali

Favorite Gadget?
Camera, iPhone

Bookmarked Websites?
Pandora, Ebay, IMDB

Talent You Wished You Possessed?
The ability to speak several languages

Greatest Strength as a Designer?
Loving what I do and being able to get lost in my work

Biggest Weakness as a Designer?
Taking on too much and not knowing when to quit