Toya Stewart Downey has been named as the new Executive Director of Strategic Communication, Equity and Inclusion for Robbinsdale Area Schools. She will begin her new duties Monday, August 31, 2020.
Stewart Downey previously worked at Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) from 2011 to 2018 in the Office of Communications, Marketing and Development. During her seven-year tenure at SPPS, she served as Interim Director, Assistant Director, and Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator. After leaving the District in 2018, Stewart Downey worked at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts as the Director of Communications and Inclusion. Prior to that, Stewart Downey was a journalist and worked for several major metropolitan
newspapers across the country.
“Ms. Stewart Downey will be a natural fit as we commit to ensuring fairness, equity and inclusion as essential principles of our district,” said Dr. Stephanie Burrage, interim Superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools. “Her experience in school communications serving the diverse needs of students and families, along with her passion ensuring the voices of all families are heard, will serve our district well.”
Stewart Downey attended middle and high school at Robbinsdale Area Schools. She received her Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Throughout the years, she has received numerous certifications, honors and awards, including earning a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. Stewart Downey serves on the Board of Directors for MinnPost, is a member of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber’s Leadership Twin Cities Steering Committee and she is an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
“I am excited to join Robbinsdale Area Schools and look forward to serving the students, families and staff during this important and pivotal time in our lives,” said Stewart Downey. “I grew up in Robbinsdale and have great memories of my time as a student. It’s great to come back to a community and a school system that has meant so much to me.”