Dominique Duval-Diop, Ph.D.

A Haitian-American, Dr. Duval-Diop started her career by fulfilling a two-year commitment with Teach For America, teaching French to elementary students in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from 1993 to 1995. She moved to New York City, where she earned a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, and also conducted policy analysis and assisted with programs and projects for local and federal government agencies, as well as a technical assistance nonprofit organization.  Following her time in New York City, Dr. Duval-Diop returned to Baton Rouge in 1997 and served as a budget analyst in the Louisiana House of Representatives for four years helping to improve the performance of social service, economic and workforce programs.  

She returned to graduate school at Louisiana State University in 2001 to pursue a doctorate in Economic Geography and Mapping Sciences, which she received in 2006.  For her dissertation she studied the impact of federal policies on poverty reduction in the Mississippi Delta region. During her time at LSU, Dr. Duval-Diop also taught classes at the university, and worked as a Research Analyst for the Louisiana Division of Administration.  

In the aftermath of the hurricanes of 2005, Dr. Duval-Diop served as Long-Term Planning Director in the Louisiana Recovery Authority, followed by a position as Performance and Reporting Manager at the Office of Community Development in the Disaster Recovery Unit. In 2007, she became a Senior Associate at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute, where she directed research and informed policymaking about the equitable distribution and use of hurricane recovery and redevelopment resources. 

A recent fellow in the Louisiana Effective Leadership Program, Dominique also served as a board member of the Equity and Inclusion Campaign, and as a Commissioner for the Capital Area Transit System board. Currently, she is a private consultant, providing expertise in strategic planning, community based participatory research, program evaluation, statistical and geographic analysis, budgeting, federal, state and local policy analysis, advocacy training, and general research and writing.  

Dr. Duval-Diop is now working in West Africa in the areas of adaptation to climate changes, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development with international organizations such as International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and UNESCO.

Dominique Duval-Diop, Ph.D. Principal, Fermina Research Group, LLC

Dominique Duval-Diop, Ph.D.

Principal, Fermina Research Group, LLC

Dakar, Senegal

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