Thyonne Gordon, Ph.D.
Founder, Beyond Story

AABLI Class #3 alumna Dr. Thyonne Gordon is an accomplished organizational & human development expert, writer and producer. Her work in Non-Profit management extends from leadership positions with youth organizations, A Place Called Home doing gang prevention and intervention in South Los Angeles and CoachArt, mentoring chronically ill youth in arts and athletics. Recently, she has taken the helm as Executive Director for the She Ready Foundation working with foster youth.

Dr. Gordon’s ability to shed light on causes that bring positive impact is evidenced in the piece, From Watts to Africa, which highlights the journey of 17 inner city youth traveling to Africa with the organization, Foundation For Second Chances. Bringing stories of significance to life and enhancing organizations for success, is Dr. Gordon’s unparalleled gift. She has raised millions of dollars for causes and is committed to positive, strategic and sustainable growth in the social profit sector.  With several accolades and awards for her work, Dr. Gordon is most proud of her service in board leadership and received a gubernatorial appointment to the California Naturopathic Board of Directors in 2014; was voted board Chairperson of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara in 2015 and has distinguished service on the Board of Advisors for the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Residing in Los Angeles, she encourages youth and adults alike to “bloom where you’re planted.” You can learn more about Dr. Gordon and her work by visiting