First Avenue Ventures
Ponya Lea Parks
Project and Financial Manager
Ponya is the Project and Financial Manager at First Avenue Ventures. In this capacity, Ponya directs several projects, including start-ups and digital marketing. She also manages finances for First Avenue Ventures and all of the portfolio companies.
Previously, Ponya was the Director of Operations and Paralegal for Red Mountain Law Group and Goodrich Law Firm. She also served for 10 years as Executive Director for the Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education, a non-profit at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Prior to that, Ponya taught Government, Economics and Law at Anniston High School for 12 years.
Ponya is a graduate of Auburn University in Criminal Justice and Pre-Law and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Jacksonville State University.
Ponya serves as Treasurer for Weimaraner Rescue of the South and volunteers for the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. She is a member of The Cathedral Church of the Advent and has one daughter, Mallory Rice.