Toykea Jones Foundation

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THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING BACK

My philanthropic work stems from my belief of giving back to the community that defined and shaped me.  Early in my childhood, I witnessed my mother, Alisa Young, volunteer on a daily basis at the local recreation center in Norfolk, VA. for more than ten years.  I knew from that moment that life wasn't about taking and receiving selfishly but about giving yourself to others for the betterment of that person.

Upon my graduation from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA., I was awarded over eight academic scholarships which allowed me to attend Old Dominion University (ODU).  


In 2004, I became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 


By 2005, I graduated from ODU with a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Environmental Engineering.  I then relocated from Virginia to California to begin my professional career with Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

To date, I have three endowed scholarships, a book stipend scholarship and a Boys & Girls Club Scholarship:

  1. TSJ Endowed Scholarship in Engineering  - 2010  
  2. TSJ Endowed Scholarship in Supply Chain Mgmt. - 2014 
  3. TSJ Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry - 2018 
  4. TSJ Foundation Scholarship Book Stipend - 2012 
  5. Boys and Girls Club of America Scholarship - 2018

Governor Ralph Northam confirmed my re-appointment to the Board of Visitors at Old Dominion University July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2024.  I was previously appointed by former Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, for my first term (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2020) and served in the following capacities: 


2019 – 2020

  • Chair, Academic & Research Advancement 
  • Vice Chair, Student Enhancement & Engagement 

2018 – 2019

  • Chair, University Advancement 
  • Vice Chair, Academic & Research Advancement

2017 – 2018

  • Vice Chair, Academic & Research Advancement 

Additionally, I served on the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and Technology from 2012 through 2016.