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Valerie joined NACo in 2017 and serves as a Legislative Assistant. She assists with legislative research, writing, and federal advocacy efforts on issues including health, human services and education, telecommunications and technology, and justice and public safety. Valerie graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to joining NACo, she interned with Congresswoman Lois Frankel’s office, as well as the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space & Technology. Before moving to Washington, D.C., Valerie completed a Fulbright Research Grant and Critical Language Enhancement Award in China, where she conducted qualitative research on economic development.