Valerie retired as President and CEO of Donors Forum, an association of Illinois funders, nonprofit, and advisors, where she served for 27 years. The founding chair of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Valerie has served on the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), Independent Sector, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. She has co-chaired the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council and was a member of the Governor’s Commission on Human Services. She also served on the Governor’s Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise Development. Valerie has received numerous awards and honors, including being named, most recently in 2012, by The Nonprofit Times as one of the sector’s “Top 50 Power and Influence Leaders” in the United States.