Toni is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the iBuildBridges Foundation, a non-profit organization that uses music and storytelling to inspire individuals to actively build relationships with people of different backgrounds. iBuildBridges supports a diverse group of young musical artists who are committed to bridging our racial, cultural and religious divides. She also serves as a Director on the Board and Executive Committee of Interfaith America, Chicago, and is active in philanthropy with the College of Wooster (Ohio) and the Alexandria (VA) Seaport Foundation.
Since 2004, Toni has practiced as a Career and Life Coach (Toni Clark Coaching) in the metro DC area, working with a variety of adult clients around issues of career development and career and life transition. She is certified as a coach through the International Coaching Federation. Previously, Toni worked as a professional facilitator, as the Director of Continuing Education for the American Public Power Association, and as a research psychologist at the Institute for Law and Social Research (DC), and at the University of Washington-Adolescent Clinic (Seattle). She has a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington, an MA from Southern Illinois University and a BA from Seattle University.
Toni was born in the Pacific Northwest, and lives with her husband, Richard J. Bell, in Alexandria, Virginia. They have four children and seven (amazing) grandchildren. She enjoys writing and her personal essays have been published in the Washington Post, online in the SNR Review, and in print in three anthologies, This Is the Way We Say Goodbye, Dolls Remembered, and Serendipity. She has a passionate interest in the outdoors, particularly hiking, kayaking and snow skiing.