Tawnya Morris has been a long time advocate for jobs, justice and equality. In 2015, she served as Communications Coordinator for the March for Justice, an ecumenical movement promoting jobs, justice and peace throughout our region. Mrs. Morris has also served as a Southfield Democratic Precinct Delegate, a Coordinator for Southfield for Obama, and as a Block Captain. Through these roles, Mrs. Morris helped people register to vote, increased voter education and awareness, and addressed resident concerns with city government.
Mrs. Morris is currently the Board President of the Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation, the Vice President of the Washington Heights Civic Association, and an Advisory Board member of the Southfield Community Anti-Drug Coalition. She is also a member of the League of Women Voters, Southfield Lathrup Democratic Club, Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force, NAACP, ACLU, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence’s Women’s Advisory Committee, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she serves as Chair of the Southfield Alumnae Chapter’s Voting Laws and Redistricting Sub-Committee.
Mrs. Morris is also a Southfield Public Schools Volunteer and has served as a guest presenter at Southfield Public Schools Power in Our Voices Student Community Forum, guest speaker at Southfield Public Schools Future Leaders, Ready Readers Program, and participant in Southfield Public Schools Celebrity Reader Program.
Mrs. Morris holds a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan, a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, and a Business Executive Education Certificate - Growing the Minority Business to Scale from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. Tawnya is also a proud graduate of Southfield High School.
Mrs. Morris has been invested in Southfield for over 35 years.
She enjoys the arts, reading, writing, board games and spending time with her family. She has been married to Mr. Bruce Morris for 21 years and has three children - Hannah, Brooke and Brock.
Work & Career Experience
For the past 5 1/2 years, Mrs. Morris has served as a Councilwoman for the City of Southfield, working to move the city toward equitable and sustainable development, while helping residents resolve issues and concerns. As Chair of the Neighborhood Services Committee, Mrs. Morris implemented programs that created collaborative partnerships between residents, businesses, and government that helped increase neighborhood revitalization efforts and property values. Mrs. Morris also served as Chair of the Economic Development Committee where she worked to expand resources and support for small businesses, attract new business and encourage development within the city. Other committees served include: Finance Committee, Site Plan Committee, Northland Committee, Legislative Committee and Boards and Commissions.
For the past 23 years, Tawnya Morris has served as President and CEO of the Abayomi Community Development Corporation, a faith-based nonprofit in northwest Detroit. Her work in community and economic development has had a significant impact on thousands of youth and families in the metropolitan Detroit area.
Mrs. Morris helped plan and design the New St. Mark Family Life Center where she served as its construction project manager. This valuable community resource, although in Detroit, provides educational and recreational opportunities for all who visit. It also serves as a business incubator for entrepreneurism and job creation.
Mrs. Morris also serves as a Performance Consultant at Trinity Health where she helps develop, lead and support the organization’s strategy and initiatives for diversity and inclusion.
Approval of CARES Act Community Development Block Grant funding and expenditures
Called for the renaming of City Hall to the Donald M. Fracassi Municipal complex in honor of his over 50 years of service to the city
Approved a balanced General Fund budget annually for the past four (4) years
Approved staff training for new software for Building and Planning Departments
Approved new hires for Building Department to increase inspections and process permits faster
Coordinated water drive for Flint residents