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Valerie Brown

Valerie L. Brown, MPH, ‘98, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduated from Stanford University with a dual undergraduate degree in human biology and political science.  She also completed an honors thesis on the disparity between drug treatment and incarceration amongst drug-addicted residents of East Palo Alto, California. Valerie brings a long standing commitment to service with strong ties to the Haas Center, having participated in its mentoring and tutoring program during her freshman year, as well as being named the inaugural recipient of the Amy Biehl Fellowship. Her dedicated efforts led to her first overseas experience creating community service programs in Cape Town, South Africa.  Valerie also earned a master's degree in public health at Emory University, focusing on health policy and management.  She began her career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she worked as a health communications writer for a variety of projects including The Strategic National Stockpile.  A career change to the pharmaceutical/biotech industry brought her to Long Beach, California in 2006, where she currently resides with her husband and two children.  Valerie is the current president of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association and has held roles of secretary, vice president and president of the Stanford Black Alumni Association of Southern California.  She’s participated and held leadership positions in several fundraising projects as a Stanford alum, including one that raised over $250,000 for the Black Community Services Center.  Valerie also serves as a mentor and speaker for the undergraduate program in human biology and is a long time contributor to the Stanford Admissions Office as both a volunteer and a part-time employee.