Tonyel (Simon) Edwards oversees grantmaking that supports systemic approaches to ensuring children and youth have a strong social safety net and live in communities that support positive family development. Prior to joining Houston Endowment in 2015, Tonyel was the Executive Director of DiscoverU. Tonyel has also worked as an educator in Houston’s Third Ward and began her career as an analyst in global markets and investment banking in the Houston office of Merrill Lynch. Tonyel earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance from Howard University. She also holds a master’s degree in education and is a candidate in the Professional Leadership doctoral program at the University of Houston’s College of Education. When she is not working, Tonyel enjoys home-cooked meals with her parents, traveling and volunteering as a member of the Junior League of Houston.