Melkeya McDuffie

Chief Human Resources Officer


​​​​Melkeya (Mel) McDuffie joined The Wallace Foundation in 2020 and leads its human resources strategy in support of Wallace’s mission, vision, goals and objectives. McDuffie oversees a range of efforts, including reinforcing strong workplace culture; promoting diversity, equity and inclusion; implementing total rewards systems; and carrying out talent management, learning, and leadership endeavors.

McDuffie’s career spans more than 20 years across multiple industries. She has extensive experience working with global Fortune 500 organizations in the areas of C-suite succession, merger acquisition, culture integration, team effectiveness, talent acquisition, leadership development, and executive assessment, development and coaching.

Prior to joining Wallace, McDuffie served as enterprise vice president of organizational and talent development for Houston-based Waste Management—a 50,000-employee, environmental services company, with more than $14 billion in annual revenue, where she worked for 15 years. Before that, she held various human resources leadership roles with large international companies in the healthcare and financial industries.

McDuffie has received numerous honors, including being recognized four times as an “HR Superstar” by HRO Magazine, most recently in 2020. The National Diversity Council named her “One of the Most Powerful Business Women in Texas.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Trinity College, and a Global M.B.A. from York St. John University. In addition, McDuffie holds a post-graduate certification in employee relations from Cornell University and strategic business leadership certification from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She also studied sustainable business strategy at Harvard Business School.​