Valarie Ashley is recognized as a collaborative nonprofit executive who has served youth, adults, and families. Prior to coming to Fair Chance, she was the Executive Director of Southeast Ministry for ten and half years. She was named one of “10 Local Heroes” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2012 and was an honorable mention for the Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2014 EXCEL Award. Through her work at Southeast Ministry, she helped found the DC Adult and Family Literacy Coalition, the Skyland Workforce Center in Ward 8 and the HIRE DC database to help small and mid-size nonprofits have access to a high-quality affordable database. Valarie is a proud member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2014. A Long Island, NY native, Valarie received her B.A. from Boston University and attended George Washington University for graduate school. She loves to read and is a member of two book clubs.

What does a child need to succeed?

Caring adults who make them feel safe and secure to explore their world and develop their gifts and talents.