Tonya Muse, FASAE, CAE is a consultant in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington, D.C. office. She is a member of the Social Impact and CEO & Board of Directors practices and co-leads the Association sector. Tonya focuses on talent and leadership advisory initiatives for CEOs, C-suite executives, and senior executives of professional societies, trade associations, and non-profit organizations.


Tonya has an extensive background in industry and association leadership initiatives. She joined Heidrick & Struggles from another executive search firm.

Previously, Tonya was the executive director of the Council of Manufacturing Associations at the National Association of Manufacturers. She oversaw the leadership, direction, and management of more than 250 trade association members. She engaged CMA members on manufacturing policy priorities to broaden and advance the NAM’s advocacy efforts.

Before that, Tonya was director of membership for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, senior vice president of the Envelope Manufacturers Association, and executive director of the EMA Foundation for Paper-Based Communications, where she spent 17 years.

Tonya is a certified association executive with the American Society of Association of Executives (ASAE). She is an ASAE Fellow, the highest designation given to association executives, and currently serves as the chair of the ASAE Fellows. She is a former member of the ASAE Foundation board of directors and has served as a mentor for ASAE’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program.


University of Maryland, Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management, Certificate 

University of South Florida School of Business, Certificate, DE&I in the Workplace 

Cornell University, Advanced Certificates, Executive Talent and Leadership & Culture 

Philanthropy and Service

Tonya serves on the board of governors of the Bryce Harlow Foundation. She is the immediate past chair of the board of directors for the National Capital Area Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.