Tony Whatley

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute

Tony Whatley grew up in Atlanta and earned both his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. All of his career was spent in the institutional investment management field. His first stint was as one of the original founders of INDATA, which relocated to San Francisco in the early 1970’s. In 1976, he was recruited by Frank Russell Company and moved to the Pacific Northwest. He spent 15 years in various positions with Frank Russell rising to the Director of Sales and Marketing. In 1992, he founded Accessor Capital Management and served as the CEO of Accessor Mutual Funds until the company was sold in 2008. Since that time, Tony has served on several boards of nonprofit organizations and devoted much of his time to researching and writing about fitness and its application in promoting health and longevity. His website,, features his book and videos, articles and blog posts designed to inspire the audience to use exercise, nutrition and fitness as the medium for a healthy, happy and terrific life.

Tony has been a congregant of University Presbyterian Church during Earl Palmer's entire career there as Senior Pastor and the Chairman of Earl Palmer Ministries Board for the last five years. He is also currently serving on the Board of Plymouth Housing. Tony and his wife, Linda, have been married for more than thirty years. They have two daughters: Lauren, who graduated from Princeton University in 2011 and works in conservation, and Julia, who is a junior at Emory University.