Diversity & Inclusion Strategist
Ms. Alma McKune, a Diversity and Inclusion Strategist, is currently the Project Program Manager for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Management Directive-715. She designs, implements, and manages ongoing projects and directs the related resources, personnel, and activities to successfully complete the program and reporting process initiatives. In this capacity she conducts barrier analyses employing descriptive statistics to examine workforce trends and identifies benchmarks and research best practices. Complementary to this, she serves as consultant for 9 Institutes and Centers, supporting NIH executives, managers, supervisors, employees, and other stakeholders. She promotes taking proactive steps to ensure equal employment opportunity and diversity and inclusion on the operation and implementation of the overall NIH Affirmative Employment Program. She is a certified Arbinger and Civil trainer; and facilitates the broad range of mandatory EEO Compliance Training for Managers and Supervisors as well as employees.
Ms. McKune serves as a lead mediator with the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services’ Shared Neutrals Program. In this role she serves as a transformative facilitator pursuing employee dispute resolutions. She served as a collateral-duty EEO Counselor for over 20 years.
Ms. McKune received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Human Resource Certificate from the Catholic University of America in 2012. She is also a 2009 graduate of the USDA Graduate School’s New Leader Program. Likewise, in 2019 she graduated from the Office of Personal Management Mid-level DC Leadership Career Development Program.
Ms. McKune is a dedicated life- long learner with a wealth of experience and success utilizing creativity and innovative ideas. Ms. McKune is a strong advocate of counseling, mediation, and workplace diversity. She implements her philosophy that transformative communication and behavior is more powerful than barriers and adversities. Ms. McKune also believes that embracing diversity through recognition and acceptance of individual needs, interests, culture, and values is empowering and can lead to workplace solutions.