Donna Manning practiced corporate and securities law with a Wall Street firm following graduation from law school. She served as the Executive Director of Strategic Planning for the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. At the time she retired she was Vice President of Corporate Board Placement at Catalyst, an organization promoting women in business.
During her career, Manning sat on numerous corporate and charitable boards, including the Board of Trustees and later the Board of International Advisors of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Presently she chairs the board of the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France and is a member of the board of the Foreign Policy Association. She served on the board of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic which she chaired for eight years. She is presently an Emeritus Director and serves on its National Philanthropy Committee.
A graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, Manning also holds an MS degree in French and Education from the State University of New York, a JD from Columbia University School of Law and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
She and her husband, Larry Horner, live in Los Cabos, Baja, Mexico.