Tonya Fitzpatrick


Tonya Fitzpatrick

CEO, World Footprints Media Corporation


Tonya Fitzpatrick is a lawyer by training but an intrepid traveler and global citizen by heart. She is co-Founder of World Footprints Media and co-hosts the multi award-winning World Footprints radio show with her husband, Ian. World Footprints stands on the foundation of social responsibility and inspiring life journeys. Through the World Footprints platforms, Tonya travels deeper to share our common humanity, coaches people to live their best life through travel and she shares interesting back-stories from destinations she explores. Listeners have been inspired by the interviews Tonya has held with prominent figures like the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Ken Burns, Jack Hanna, Stefanie Powers, David Rockefeller, Jr., Robert Kennedy, Jr., and others.

A published author, Tonya has contributed a chapter in a career inspiration book with Stephen Covey, co-created a Baltimore travel app and authored an e-itinerary guide for Washington, DC. She is a TEDx presenter and she’s presented at seminars and conferences around the country, including FestiGals in New Orleans. Tonya has also served as moderator for the Environmental Film Festival and a film presentation at the National Press Club. Her professional career is diverse and ranges from a fundraising executive for a theatre to a politico. Under President George W. Bush, she received an appointment as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education; she was placed as a federal contractor as Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and, Tonya has served on Capitol Hill and other in other political capacities.

Tonya received a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Wayne State University. She has lived, studied or worked in England, Russia and China. Some of her appearances include public radio, the CBS and NBC networks and Retirement Living. Tonya has also been featured in Black Enterprise, USA News Report and several books including “This Is NOT The Career I Ordered”. When she is not crossing the globe, Tonya lives in the metro Washington, DC area with her husband Ian and their cat, Irwin.