Tonya Lamia was named deputy director of the Illinois Bicentennial in December 2016. She previously served as deputy director for the Office of Marketing & Communications at the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, where she worked strategically to help promote Illinois as a world-class state for job growth and capital investment.
After receiving her Master's Degree from Northern Illinois University, Tonya returned to her hometown of Rockford, Illinois, where she began her career at the Rockford Area Economic Development Council. Over a ten year period, Tonya pioneered investor relations strategies at the RAEDC, pooling resources and engaging public and private sector leaders in the work of economic development.
As president of the Schaumburg Business Association, Tonya served over 600 chamber members while establishing the Schaumburg Center for Economic Development, the region's first public/private partnership for business retention, expansion, and attraction. She also served in various sales, marketing, and communications capacities at TLCommunications, AAR, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Centre Events, and RadioWorks.
Tonya was recognized among Forty Leaders Under Forty, and she received the Futurist Award from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, the Silver Dome Award from the Illinois Broadcasters Association, and a scholarship from the Illinois General Assembly. She has served on numerous boards and committees throughout her career, including the Illinois Economic Development Association Board of Directors, Village of Schaumburg Business Development Commission, HUG Chicago Steering Committee, Next Rockford Strategy Team, River District Association Board of Directors, Pilgrim's Promise Community Development Corporation, and Spectrum School Board of Directors.