Manning is in his fourth year of the J.D./M.P.P. program at Georgetown University Law Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown and will graduate in 2018. Originally from St. Louis, MO, he is a 2005 graduate of the University of Washington. Manning separated from the Army as a Captain in 2012 after six years on active duty, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and four years in the Army Reserves as a medic before that. Prior to attending Georgetown he was a substitute teacher in Austin, TX.