In this position, Valerie works with multiple program teams to design and implement strategies in support of the Foundation's major grantmaking initiatives. In addition, she helps to develop and implement efforts related to Foundation-wide operations.
Prior to this position, Valerie worked in the Foundation's domestic grantmaking area, focusing on policy issues and special fiscal, demographic and analytical initiatives that had broad implications for national, state and local policy. She joined the Foundation in June 2003.
Prior to MacArthur, Valerie worked for the national office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where she served as chief of staff for the Neighborhood Business Development Group, promoting economic development activities through LISC's national network. Prior to that, Valerie worked 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, Valerie 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.
Valerie is a member of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. 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.