Constance Horner has been a teacher, writer, presidential appointee, foundation trustee, public policy scholar, and corporate director.
Since the early 1990’s, she has been a member of the board of directors of three public companies: Pfizer, where she has been the Lead Director of the Board and Chair of its Governance and Nominating Committee, as well as Prudential Financial and Ingersoll Rand, where she serves on those boards’ Compensation and Governance Committees.
Prior to her board service, Mrs. Horner served as a presidential appointee in the Administrations of Presidents Reagan and the first President Bush. Over his eight years in office, President Reagan appointed her to several positions: as director of VISTA, the “domestic peace corps” anti-poverty program; as associate director of the Office of Management and Budget, where she negotiated and approved the President’s Congressional budget submissions for cabinet departments and regulatory agencies; and as head of the US Office of Personnel Management, the agency which makes policy and administers programs for what were then over two million workers in the federal workplace.
President George H.W. Bush appointed Mrs. Horner Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the number two position in the Department. Reporting to her in that policy and administrative role were Social Security, federal welfare programs, biomedical and medical research, public health, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Food and Drug Administration.
Following that assignment, Mrs. Horner went to the White House as Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel, where she advised President Bush on the selection of appointees to cabinet and sub-cabinet posts, ambassadorships, judgeships, regulatory agencies and commissions, and other Presidential boards and commissions, as well as approving the appointment of political appointees to his Administration throughout the federal government.
After leaving the White House, Mrs. Horner was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a public policy organization in Washington, DC, where she wrote and lectured on public organization management reforms. During this time, she also served as a Commissioner on the US Commission on Civil Rights and taught as a visiting faculty member at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Johns Hopkins University’s Center for the Study of American Government.
Mrs. Horner has been a member of the Founding Board of Visitors of the Marine Corps University in Quantico and of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services; a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration; a trustee of the Prudential Foundation; and a trustee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
She graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Chicago. She has been married for forty-six years to Charles Horner, a former government official and Chinese historian. They have two sons and daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.
After many years in Washington, DC, Mrs. Horner and her husband now reside in Lexington, VA.