Fred DuVal

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Fred DuVal
Fred DuVal by Gage Skidmore.jpg
DuVal in 2014.
Personal details
Born (1954-05-24) May 24, 1954 (age 60)
Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jennifer Hecker
Alma mater Occidental College
Arizona State University
Website Campaign website

Fred P. DuVal (born May 24, 1954) is an American businessman, civic leader and author from Phoenix, Arizona. He is a candidate for Governor in 2014.

For 35 years, DuVal has been involved in state, federal, and foreign policy. His activities have focused on health care, education, economic development, and natural resources. He is a vice president at Clean Energy Fuels (Nasdaq:CLNE) and is responsible for creating strategic partnerships that help individuals and businesses—specifically large haulers, trucking companies, airport, transit, taxi, refuse and school vehicles—transition to natural gas fuel.

He is often called upon as a bi-partisan, public policy negotiator through private employment and appointed roles.


A national leader in higher education, DuVal is known for his advocacy of performance-based and outcome-based funding models tied to higher accountability. In August 2006, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano selected DuVal to become a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, which governs the state's three public universities, and served as chairman.[1] As a Regent, DuVal has worked to focus attention on the decline of graduation rates in the U.S. compared to other nations at a time when knowledge is driving economic growth. In 2010, he served as co-chair of the "Getting AHEAD" initiative[2] with Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper. "Getting AHEAD" (Access to Higher Education And Degrees) is focused on system redesign to achieve higher productivity and greater student degree completion. In September 2010, DuVal was appointed to an advisory group for "Complete to Compete," an initiative of the National Governors Association focused on making "America a global leader in college completion and improve the productivity of our country's higher education institutions."[3] DuVal believes that education in Arizona and the United States is at the heart of a quiet crisis, and that action is required to turn around this situation.[4][5]

DuVal began his career in public policy working as a senior aide to Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt. From 1980 to 1985, he was responsible for legislative programs – helping to craft Arizona's initiatives on health care, transportation, housing, economic development, natural resource protection and education. He played a leading role in establishing Arizona's Medicaid program (AHCCCS – the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System), the Groundwater Act, the Urban Lands legislation, and the creation of a rural economic development strategy. He managed Babbitt’s gubernatorial campaign in 1978 as the youngest gubernatorial campaign manager in state history at age 24, and his 1988 presidential campaign.[2] From 2002–2006, DuVal served on the Arizona Commerce and Economic Development Commission and oversaw the development of the state's 10-year economic strategic plan.[2]

DuVal served on the Democratic National Committee twice, from 1989 to 1993 and 2009 to 2011. He was Treasurer of the Democratic Governors Association from 2008 to 2010, and was one of the original founders of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council in 1985.[6]

In 1993, DuVal became Deputy Chief of Protocol at the U.S. Department of State.[7] He served in this role until 1996. As Deputy Chief of Protocol he was responsible for managing visits of Heads of State and Foreign Ministers to the United States, overseeing diplomatic accreditation, and representing the United States in more than a dozen international delegations.[8] In 1996, DuVal left the State Department to serve as Deputy National Campaign Manager of the Clinton-Gore campaign.

In 1997, DuVal was named by Bill Clinton to be White House Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. In this position he was responsible for the policy relationship between the federal government and the 50 states—their governors, mayors, county officials, and American Indian tribes. DuVal played a leading role in guiding state implementation of Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996—the federal welfare reform that was a cornerstone of both the Republican “Contract with America” and President Clinton’s first term. It has since been referred to by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) as "probably the most successful domestic policy reform of the past quarter-century." In addition, DuVal helped negotiate a national tobacco settlement and guided White House policy development concerning American Indian gaming rights, tribal appropriations, and Section 638.[9] In 1999, DuVal led negotiations between the White House, governors, and mayors about Clinton Executive Order 13132, which emphasized that the federal government must recognize States' rights to craft local public policy solutions. Among other guiding principles, it declares that federal policymaking "should act with the greatest caution where State and local governments have identified uncertainties regarding the constitutional or statutory authority of the national government.” Also while in the Clinton White House, DuVal – who was a single father sharing custody of his son, Will – started the “Responsible Fatherhood Initiative,” an effort that included business, clergy, and government leaders to raise awareness about the importance of fathers in children's lives and to address a variety of federal regulations that hampered fathers engagement. That program still operates today.

Candidate for Governor[edit]

On Thursday, February 14, 2013, in celebration of statehood day, Fred DuVal filed to create an exploratory committee in Arizona to run for Governor in 2014.[10]

DuVal made his candidacy official on April 24, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

While leading his own consulting firm, DuVal helped to coordinate the Pickens Plan – a non-partisan, national issue campaign promoted by Texas businessman T. Boone Pickens. The Pickens Plan seeks to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil by developing wind and natural gas as abundant energy resources.[11] Clean Energy Fuels is a publicly traded company (Nasdaq:CLNE), chaired by T. Boone Pickens.

DuVal also is active in the National Institute for Civil Discourse. Following the near-fatal shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in January 2011, DuVal established the non-partisan NICD at the University of Arizona. Its mission is to "change the political reward for more responsible, centrist speech where people are benefited by more support, by reaching across the aisle, by trying to find civil dialogue, and people are ostracized or punished by being extremist," DuVal said in a February 2011 interview with the Arizona Daily Star. It has attracted as honorary chairs former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, and two honorary co-chairs: former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.[12][13][14]

In 2002, DuVal was a candidate for Arizona's first congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.[15] DuVal ran a tight race, but was unsuccessful in his bid for office.[16] His campaign web sites are preserved by the U.S. Library of Congress.

He has served on many boards including the University Medical Center (University of Arizona, Tucson), Children's Action Alliance, the Udall Center for Public Policy, Prescott College, Desert Botanical Garden, and Valley Big Brothers/Big Sisters.[2]

He is co-author of the book Calling Arizona Home, published in 2005.[17] The book looks at Arizona as home from the perspective of citizens from all parts of the state and from many different walks of life. In 2012, he published "Irons in the Fire: A Collection of Opinions and Reflections about the Grand Canyon State," which includes opinion pieces that DuVal published in regional newspapers throughout his career.

DuVal graduated from Tucson High School. He received a B.A. from Occidental College where he was selected as a Luce Scholar. He received a degree in law from Arizona State University. He is married to Jennifer Hecker DuVal (president of HeckYes Wellness)[18] and has two children.



  1. ^ "ABC 15". Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Co-chair Fred DuVal". Getting Ahead website. Retrieved May 16, 2011. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Regent Fred DuVal Appointed to NGA Complete to Compete Advisory Group". Arizona Board of Regents Press Release. September 22, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Inside NAU, Vol. 4 Number 44, November 14, 2007". Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  5. ^ "Maricopa County Community College, November 12, 2008, Governing Board Minutes". Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  6. ^ "Fred DuVal". Our Campaigns. June 9, 2004. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ "White House press release". Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  8. ^ Lumina Foundation. "Fred DuVal Biography". [dead link]
  9. ^ Our Campaigns. "Fred DuVal Biography". Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  10. ^ Resnik, Brahm (February 14, 2013). "Fred DuVal". AZ Central. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Energy Independence". 
  12. ^ "National Institute for Civil Discourse". Board of Advisors. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  13. ^ Horwitz, Sari (March 18, 2011). "National Institute for Civil Discourse to open at University of Arizona". Washington Post. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  14. ^ "UA starts civil discourse center". Arizona Daily Star. February 22, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Prescott Daily Courier, June 9, 2002.". Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  16. ^ Hulse, Carl (September 15, 2002). "The New York Times, September 15, 2002.". Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  17. ^ "Library of Congress Online Catalog". Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  18. ^ Hecker DuVal, Jennifer. "HeckYes Wellness". Retrieved 2013-10-23. 

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