American Indian Graduate Center
Marvis Vallo (Pueblo of Acoma) has joined the American Indian Graduate Center as the Chief Operating Officer. Vallo previously served as the Financial Controller for the Pueblo of Acoma and brings over a decade of finance and managerial experience to AIGC. Having served as the chairman of the pueblo’s pension committee and a member of its investment committee, Vallo doubled the pueblo’s investment holdings and gained valuable insight into tribal-governmental relations. His wealth of experience and financial acumen will serve AIGC immediately and long term, as Marvis sees funding as a major challenge facing Native students.
In its 50th year, AIGC is looking to continue its legacy of being the nation’s largest scholarship provider to American Indian students. Angelique Albert, the center’s executive director, stated that Vallo embodies all of the values that contribute to AIGC’s continued success. “Marvis Vallo is a leader who sees and complements the AIGC vision for the next half century. At the same time, he holds a deep respect for the legacy of the past 50 years. This unity of values is exactly what AIGC needs, and Marvis brings a vitality to the organization that will keep us moving forward.”
As he embarks on a new journey with the American Indian Graduate Center, Vallo is excited to delve into the world of higher education by securing ways to provide support to American Indian students. “Providing financial support through scholarships is crucial for Native American students. As the national leader in this capacity, AIGC has an important platform which we can use to tell their stories and build partnerships to create even more opportunities for education and success,” said Vallo.
In addition to his new role with AIGC, Vallo has been appointed to the board of the University of New Mexico’s Anderson Foundation, which supports the university’s business school. Marvis Vallo is a wonderful addition to the AIGC team and an invaluable leader in Indian Country.