Governance and Leadership

Biography: Tonya Manning

President

Tonya Manning began her tenure as President of the International Actuarial Association on January 1, 2020.

As President, Ms. Manning also serves as chair of the Executive Committee and of the Council, as well as being an Officer of the organization. Tonya is vice-chair of the Nominations Committee and Ex-Officio of the newly formed Strategic Planning Committee (previously served as a member of the now disbanded Strategic Planning Subcommittee since 2016). Tonya has served as a member of the Pensions and Employee Benefits Committee since 2016 and was vice-chair of the Scientific Committee from 2014-2018.

Tonya is a native of North Carolina and graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She began her career in 1988 as an analyst with Booke & Company, which later was acquired by Aon, and in 2005 she took on the role of Aon’s US Retirement Chief Actuary.  In 2010, she joined the US Department of Treasury as a policy actuary where she was involved in a number of activities related to employee pension plans, including participating in regulation projects, reviewing ruling requests, and providing technical support and public outreach.  In 2015, she returned to consulting as the US Wealth Chief Actuary for Buck, and recently expanded her role to also serve as Buck’s US Wealth Practice leader.  Tonya is also a lecturer for Columbia University’s Master’s Program in Actuarial Science, where she developed and continues to teach their Pension course.

During her career, Tonya has been an active volunteer within the actuarial profession.  In addition to the IAA, she has served multiple roles with the Society of Actuaries, American Academy of Actuaries, Conference of Consulting Actuaries, International Association of Black Actuaries, Actuarial Standards Board and The Actuarial Foundation.  She served as President of the Society of Actuaries in 2013 and as a member of their Board from 2006 to 2015.  She has also served as chair of the SOA’s Pension Section Council, as a member of their International Committee, Leadership Development Committee, Social Insurance and Public Finance Council, and as a member the Pension Committee for the Actuarial Standards Board.  From 2014 to 2016, she chaired the SOA’s Actuarial Organizations’ Relationship Task Force, helping the SOA Board better understand other actuarial organizations’ missions and strategies while also strengthening collaboration and overall relationships. 

She is currently a member of the SOA’s Postretirement Needs and Risks Committee.  She is a member of The Actuarial Foundation’s Board of Trustees and leads the Women in Consulting Community for the Conference of Consulting Actuaries.   She also serves as a member of the American Academy of Actuaries’ Pension Practice Council and its Pension Committee. 

Tonya is an avid fan of Tar Heel basketball, independent bookstores, and traveling to new places.  She and her husband Kent reside in Winston-Salem, a midsize city in the beautiful state of North Carolina.

January 2020