Trident United Way President & CEO Chloe Knight Tonney selected to become Riley Fellow

Knight Tonney to join network of more than 2,300 leaders committed to creating social and economic progress in SC.

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – Trident United Way President & CEO Chloe Knight Tonney is joining leaders across the state to participate in the Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) at Furman University’s Riley Institute.

Knight Tonney joins a group of 45 people taking part in the second statewide cohort in DLI history. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, regional classes are now a virtual statewide effort.

Knight Tonney will take part in an interactive curriculum consisting of case studies, scenario analyses and other experiential learning tools that maximize interaction and discussion among classmates and facilitate productive relationships.

“We have a 76-year tradition of leadership and service to our community and this is a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and learn new strategies to positively impact the Tri-County region during these difficult times,” Knight Tonney said. “These diverse perspectives coming together will foster more ways to unite our community toward better outcomes in education, financial stability and health.”

DLI class members are selected through a rigorous application and interview process after being nominated by existing Riley Fellows. Participants are accepted based on their capacity to create impact within their organizations and communities. 

DLI graduates become Riley Fellows: a powerful group of community leaders that includes CEOs, legislators, educators, religious and nonprofit leadership.

“With more than 2,300 Riley Fellows statewide, each new class amplifies the impact of leaders willing to work together to make South Carolina a better place to live and work for all,” said Dr. Donald Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute.

Click here to see a full list of participants and learn more about the Diversity Leaders Initiative.



About the Riley Institute at Furman University - Furman University’s Richard W. Riley Institute broadens student and community perspectives about issues critical to South Carolina’s progress. It builds and engages present and future leaders, creates and shares data-supported information about the state’s core challenges, and links the leadership body to sustainable solutions. It is committed to nonpartisanship and to a rhetoric-free, facts-based approach to change. Learn more at

About Trident United Way - Celebrating more than 76 years of service, Trident United Way is a catalyst for measurable community transformation in education, financial stability and health. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, United Way is America’s favorite charity. Learn more at