The Conservancy Board of Advisors

Tonya Lee

Chief Creator of ToniK Productions

Tonya Lee
Tonya Lee

Tonya Lewis Lee is a producer, writer, and advocate for gender and race equality.

In 2004, Lee produced a documentary called I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education. The film won Beacon and Parents’ Choice awards.

Lee is also the producer behind the movie The Watsons Go to Birmingham, which she wrote, and That’s What I’m Talking About, a talk show hosted by Wayne Brady. She also produced the TV mini-series Miracle’s Boys and had an acting role in Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control, and was featured in the 30 for 30 episode, “Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks”.

Lee is a mentor and judge on the show Queen Bee, which follows female entrepreneurs as they pitch, develop, manufacture and market their products in an attempt to create America’s next big consumer brand.

She is also the founder of the blog Healthy You Now, which is designed to help African-American women stay on top of their health. She started the blog after she was asked to serve as the spokeswoman for the A Healthy Baby Begins With You initiative, which brings attention to the infant mortality rate in the United States.

Lee attended the University of Virginia School of Law after completing her undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College. After college, she worked for a law firm in Washington, D.C., focusing on corporate and First Amendment issues.

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, director Spike Lee, and their two children, Satchel and Jackson.