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Valerie Chang

Director for Policy Research

Valerie Chang is Director for Policy Research in U.S. Programs.

In this position, Chang works primarily on policy issues related to the Foundation’s domestic grantmaking priorities and special fiscal, demographic and analytical projects that have broad implications for national, state and local policy.

Chang joined the Foundation in June 2003 after two years with the national office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) where she was chief of staff for the Neighborhood Business Development Group, promoting economic development activities through LISC’s national network. Prior to this, Chang worked for nearly seven years with several private sector organizations, including Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. and Salomon Brothers, Inc., where she provided research on macroeconomic and political developments in global emerging markets. Earlier in her career, Chang was an economist in the Division of International Finance at the Federal Reserve Board. She has also worked for the U.S. - China Business Council and the Hefei Polytechnical University in Anhui, People’s Republic of China.

Chang serves on the Policy Committee of the Donors Forum and is a member of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and former board chair of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families. She has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University and an M.A. in International Relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Valerie Chang works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:

Policy Research

Strengthening American Democracy

Migration

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