Our Team

The NewSchools team draws on extensive experience from across the education, business, policy and nonprofit sectors to help find, fund and support teams of educators and innovators.

Tonika Cheek Clayton

Tonika Cheek Clayton

Managing Partner

Tonika Cheek Clayton is the Managing Partner of NewSchools’ Ed Tech team.

Prior to joining NewSchools, Tonika spent eight years at Amplify and Wireless Generation where she led teams to develop, sell and deliver digital products and services to the K-12 education market.  Throughout her tenure at Amplify, Tonika consistently strived to provide high-quality and high-value products, services and support to help educators improve teaching and learning for students. Most recently, she served as VP of Solutions Management, guiding Amplify’s core assessment product management and development teams. She also led sales and account management teams to manage and execute complex engagements with multi-state, state, and school district accounts, representing over 600 customer accounts. 

Before Amplify, Tonika worked as a researcher on Harvard University’s Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) where she consulted the first cohort of urban public school district leaders and co-authored several case studies seeking to identify more effective ways to drive student achievement by strengthening school district management and leadership.

Tonika graduated from Harvard College and HBS. She’s a proud wife and mother of three children.