Tonya Lewis Lee has been a creative presence in children’s literature and production for almost fifteen years. After transitioning from a career as a corporate lawyer, Lee founded her own production company, Madstone Company Inc., and began working with Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite. At Nickelodeon she produced interstitial programming featuring various artists including, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Whoopi Goldberg and Queen Latifah. Further she produced the documentary,I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, and the mini-series, Miracle’s Boys, for Noggin/The N eventually working with TVLand to produce the series That’s What I’m Talking About hosted by Wayne Brady.
Most recently Lee partnered with Emmy award winning producer Nikki Silver to form ToniK Productions, LLC, a production company dedicated to developing and producing entertainment for the entire family. ToniK, develops original projects and adapts some of today’s best-selling novels and biographies that reflect the diverse world in which we live. Currently, Tonik is producing the film version of the children’s book, The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963 which Lee is writing.
Tonya Lewis Lee is an accomplished author writing three children’s books : Please Baby Please(2002), Please Puppy Please(2004) and Giant Steps to Change the World(2011) all with Simon & Schuster. She is also the co-author of the best selling novel, Gotham Diaries.
For five years Lee has served as the national spokesperson for the A Healthy Baby Begins with You campaign initiated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to raise awareness about the infant mortality crisis in the United States. Additionally, she produced Crisis in the Crib: Saving Our Nation’s Babies, a documentary film about the campaign and efforts to reduce infant mortality rates. And in 2009, Lee launched the website, HeatlhyYouNow.com an online community dedicated to providing resources and support as women navigate the challenges of healthy living.
Outspoken on the issues of women and race, Lee has a busy speaking tour schedule and has appeared on national and local television and radio across the country. She has also written for magazines such as Avenue, Gotham, O at Home and Glamour to which she contributed two campaign trail interviews (2007 and 2008) with Michelle Obama. She has also been featured in The New York Times, Avenue, Town and Country, New York Magazine, O, Essence, Ebony, NV Magazine, Redbook, Child and New York Family Magazine.
She has received numerous awards for her literary, production and advocacy work.
Lewis Lee graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a B.A. and from the University of Virginia School of Law with a J.D.
Tonya Lewis Lee lives in New York City with her two children 17 and 15 and her husband Spike Lee.