Avital Tamir Temchin is the Managing Director for the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Leadership Institute. CUP’s Leadership Institute is a multifaceted professional development platform established to support CUP’s mission of equipping diverse professionals with the skills, connections, and opportunities needed to best position them for top leadership positions across public, private, and nonprofit sectors. As the Managing Director of Programs, Avital’s responsibilities include creating and executing innovative professional development programming and initiatives for the Leadership Institute, including the CUP Executive Leadership Program, CUP Fellows Program, A Seat at the Table Initiative, Learning to Lead Series, and CUP Member Training Series.

Prior to joining the Council of Urban Professionals, Avital was a diversity and inclusion manager at Morgan Stanley, where she partnered with CUP on the development and coordination of a customized leadership development program for Morgan Stanley’s Black and Hispanic senior leaders. As a diversity and inclusion manager, Avital developed curriculums for Morgan Stanley’s firmwide employee networking groups, which were designed to bring employee engagement and career development content to nearly 9,000 diverse professionals from across the firm. Additionally, Avital was responsible for analyzing key internal metrics and external data to identify diversity-related strategic priorities and action items for Morgan Stanley’s Investment Management division.

Before joining Morgan Stanley, Avital worked at PepsiCo as an Organization & Management Development and Talent Acquisition analyst. At PepsiCo, Avital partnered with senior leaders on the design and rollout of PepsiCo’s core HR processes, including the 360° feedback process, biennial organizational health survey, and engagement survey.

Avital earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.