Valerie Holton, Ph.D, LCSW
CNE Programs: CNE Workshops
Valerie helps institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations and their communities work better together to educate engaged citizens, generate new knowledge and build community wealth.
A native of Richmond, Valerie has worked extensively on the intersection of housing, homelessness, and poverty. Prior to her current role, she provided technical assistance to human and state organizations in the areas of strategic planning and board development as well as program planning, development, and evaluation. Valerie also has developed and led innovative training programs for case managers throughout Virginia. She has taught in the VCU School of Education and School of Social Work at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels and served as an adjunct instructor at VCU in the Nonprofit Learning Point. As a licensed clinical social worker, she maintains a part-time, community-based practice with a focus on supporting adolescents and women during life transitions.
Valerie also serves as the director of community-engaged research for VCU’s Division of Community Engagement, where she leads and contributes to strategic initiatives that deepen and demonstrate the university’s civic mission. She leads the division’s involvement in building universitywide infrastructure to advance community-engaged research. Additionally, she supports the development of the division and university’s capacity to track and measure the impact of VCU’s engagement.