Alma D. Duvall is the manager of research and operations of the Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO), where she is responsible for the operational success of CAO, ensuring seamless team management and development, program and research delivery, and quality control.

Before moving to CAO, Alma was the Human Resources Manager for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. As the Human Resources Manager, Alma was responsible for developing and executing strategies that supported the overall business plan and direction of TMCF, specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation. Under her purview, she also had the responsibility of managing all HR aspects of TMCF’s national internship program, where HBCU students became salaried employees for the duration of their time as TMCF scholars. Alma started her career as an intern in TMCF’s Finance department. In 2014, she was hired as Program Manager of the Opportunity Funding Corporation (OFC), and Legal Assistant to TMCF’s General Counsel and Chief of Staff. In these roles, Ms. DuVall provided direct support to TMCF’s Chief of Staff and Chief Programs Officer, while simultaneously managing the OFC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.

Before joining TMCF, Alma spent five years in the retail banking and finance sector, holding leadership positions for various banks in the Washington, D.C. area. Alma is a sociable and curious person who is sincere about her ambitions. Alma was selected for these competitive positions due to her critical thinking skills, a keen sense of responsibility, and natural curiosity. Alma is a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, qualifying her to provide strengths-based coaching to anyone, including individuals, teams, and managers. A Washington, D.C. native, Alma is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia, earning a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Management Information Systems. As a direct product of an HBCU and a voice within her community, Alma looks forward to her skill set, experiences, and unique point of view being quickly integrated into the work of CAO.



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