Toni has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the public fund investment industry.She provided consulting services to leading public retirement programs beginning in 1988 under the banner of Washington Hackett, Smith & Company (WHS) -- the first minority-owned pension consulting firm in the country.As co-founder of WHS, she provided strategic planning, investment manager searches, performance measurement, and specialized investment analysis and training to public pension funds across the country with assets totaling over $150 billion. Affiliates of WHS included a brokerage firm that specialized in institutional trading, as well as a multi-manager investment trust that managed over $100 million in assets.Toni served as the primary retained consultant for several public pension funds, Louisiana School Employees, the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, the City of Atlanta General Employees, and Riviera Beach General Employees. She served as back-up consultant for additional clients of the firm. Toni also was responsible for planning the educational programs at the firm, including nine nationally recognized annual investment training conferences and numerous regional conferences which attracted investment managers as well as public, corporate and endowment plan fiduciaries and elected officials.
Toni began her investment career in New Orleans at Howard Weil Labouisse Friedrichs.She has worked at Great Western Financial Securities in Los Angeles and the firms Morgan Keegan and Merrill Lynch here in New Orleans.Her practice included working with community banks and insurance companies in cash management and developing retirement plans for employers and employees.
Currently, Toni services as co municipal advisor at the New Orleans Airport as well as the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) providing counsel to over $1.5 billion in debt issuance refinancing’s and other transactions. In addition, she led pension review projects at the focuses on governance, alternative and private investment strategies, investment policy development, trustee education and investment performance measurement. Toni is the Chair of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) as well as the Board of City Trust. She graduated with honors from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Columbia University. Toni is an Adjunct Professor at Dillard University teaching investments, risk and insurance.