Valerie McDowell

Valerie McDowell

As Chief of Staff, Valerie works directly with the CEO, Executive team members and departmental leaders to determine and prioritize business strategies to ensure alignment and effective communication across the organization.

Valerie brings over two decades of advocacy and organizational experience from her work in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In her last role, she was a founding member and Director of Operations for a nonprofit working to eliminate racial disparities, reduce incarceration and improve conditions of confinement for kids of color. There she was a trusted thought partner to the Executive Director, managing operational, vendor, banking, and board relations.

Valerie also has a passion for the arts, having co-founded a dance company at her university, as writer/ director of a theater group, and as a writing consultant, helping many become first time published authors. Merging her social justice and arts background has allowed Valerie a unique perspective to collaboratively bring about solutions for sustainability, reform, and change.

Valerie holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and M.S. from Eastern University. Valerie loves to travel the world and spends her free time with family and friends. She currently lives in Maryland.

Valerie McDowell UPDATED 11-28-23

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