Michaela Tonking
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Year
2020
Chapter
Position
Data and Policy Director, Rogers Foundation/ Educate Nevada Now

Michaela Tonking is an accountant and researcher with great deal of experience around on school finance. Her experience as a consultant on school, juvenile justice advocate, and as a student herself inthe Washoe County School District created her dedication to advocating for schools to have adequate resources and an equitable funding formula.

In 2015, Michaela joined APA Consulting as an associate working on both the evaluation and school finance side of the company. She worked on school funding formulas in five states, where she analyzed data, met with key stakeholders, and developed findings. Her work on school funding formulas lead her to her current position as Advocacy and Data Director at Educate Nevada Now.

Prior to APA, Michaela worked in Rhode Island for the Governor's commission on school funding. She ran correlations between various student, school, and district characteristics. She also created recommendations on how to create weights from categorical expenditures, as well as ways to fund adequate resources to ensure all students success. Prior to beginning her work in the school finance space, Michaela worked as an auditor for Deloitte and Touché.

Michaela is a graduate of University of Colorado, Boulder, where she earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. Additionally, Michaela holds a Master of Arts in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.