Tori O’Neal

To Connect

I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept. — Angela Davis

Tori has over three decades of executive-level experience in organizational development and external affairs, with a particular focus on democracy, racial equity and economic justice.

As a seasoned consultant, Tori provides organizational development, communications strategy, fundraising strategy and leadership coaching to a variety of clients. She brings deep expertise to drive transformational change.


Tori’s most recent post was as Chief of External Affairs with the NAACP. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of External Affairs at Demos, where she anchored the organization’s Washington D.C. office. Demos is a national progressive think tank focused on creating a democracy and an economy rooted in racial equity. She also served as the Director of Institutional Advancement at Community Change, a national organization that builds the power of low-income people, especially people of color, to fight for a society where everyone can thrive.

She holds a B.A. in Public Relations from California State University, Long Beach and an MA in International Management from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. She is also the author of the third, fourth, and fifth editions of Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals, and a contributing author to Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete & Practical Guide (2019).

In Community

For five years she served on the board of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, three of which she was the Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Governance Committee. Tori is a proud Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter and an even prouder mom to two amazing sons.

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