Tondia Neal was born and raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi until she and her mother relocated to Lake City, Florida. She was raised there by her mother and stepfather, a lover of education who pushed Tondia to excel in school, think for herself, and instilled in her the importance of her African American history and culture. After graduating from Columbia High School, Tondia attended Florida A&M University, where she is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work Policy. Tondia is currently an advocate for young adults in the child welfare system in Tallahassee, FL. Her strong interest in community outreach and program design has manifested a lifelong passion towards creating opportunities and improving policies to serve disadvantaged communities.
Outside of work, Tondia remains engaged in advocacy. She is an active member of Prison Fellowship, where she promotes and brings awareness to the importance of prison reform. She is also working to build her own social change network, Dia_Daily, where she strives to build better communities through program implementation, wellness promotion, and faith.