Learning Architect.   Process Designer.   Change Facilitator.

“Learning for Life" sums up Tonio Verzone’s philosophy of education and organizational development. He points to a childhood trip to visit his dad in Bethel, Alaska as a pivotal point in his development.  Here Verzone witnessed the strength of culture and community. He later realized the importance of connecting learning with the lives and realities of students and participants.  He developed a passion for experiential learning, participatory development, and effective ways of knowledge sharing. His background is rooted in adult education, international education, community engagement, and organizational development.

Verzone’s formal education has taken place at Alaska Pacific University, Columbia University and Pepperdine University, but his primary education has come from sitting, listening, and working with everyday people. He has spent the last sixteen years as an education advocate and facilitator in communities around the world. Using adult learning and participatory research methods, he supports participants to analyze, act, and reflect on issues affecting their lives. He has lived and worked in Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Lao, Mongolia, Iceland, and Ecuador. Verzone’s domestic experience includes working extensively in Alaska and Appalachia, as well as urban education in New York City and Washington, DC. He has taught at the middle school, high school, vocational and university level. Tonio is currently based below the Chugach mountains in Anchorage, Alaska.



  • Organizational Development, Pepperdine University
  • MA International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • BA Environmental Science, Alaska Pacific University
  • Learning Forward Academy
  • Technical Assistance Academy, Education Northwest 
  • DC Teaching Fellow


  • Cognitive Coaching
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • National School Reform Faculty Facilitator
  • Differentiation Institute, University of Virginia
  • Participatory Research Management, Participatory Research in Asia
  • Highlander Research and Education Center
  • Community Organizing, Midwest Academy


  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar                  
  • Learning Forward Chidley Scholar
  • Freeman- Asia Scholar
  • Morris K. Udall Scholar
  • NSEP Boren Scholar
  • Rotary Cultural Ambassador Scholar
  • NSEP Boren Graduate Fellow
  • Gilman Scholar




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