Tonya Muse, FASAE, CAE is a consultant in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Social Impact Practice and co-leads the Association Practice. She focuses on talent and leadership advisory efforts at the CEO, C-Suite, and senior level for professional societies and trade associations. 


Tonya has extensive experience in association and non-profit leadership. 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.

Before that, Tonya was director of membership for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and 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 frequent speaker on workforce trends, diversity, equity and inclusion, and workplace culture.  


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 currently serves as the chair of the board for the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter.