Through United Policyholders, Valerie is providing support to the recent disasters in Southern California, including the Woolsey-Hill Wildfire, as well as the nonprofit’s national advocacy and recovery efforts. She has served as Secretary and Public Information Officer for the San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster since 2012. Valerie has been the recipient of the SBA’s regional Phoenix Award (2009).
Senior Program Officer, United Policyholders
Valerie is currently the Senior Program Officer for United Policyholders, a national insurance advocacy nonprofit that helps consumers in all 50 states and helps disaster survivors navigate the complicated insurance claims process through its Roadmap to RecoveryTM program. A North Carolina native, she moved to California in 2000, trading hurricanes and tornadoes for earthquakes and wildfires. Valerie has gained disaster recovery experience since moving to San Diego County, spearheading the local long-term recovery efforts for the communities of Rancho Bernardo, Escondido, Poway, and Rancho Santa Fe after the Witch Creek/Guejito Wildfires in 2007. During this disaster, she joined San Diego VOAD and the Community Recovery Team and has been involved in supporting community recovery efforts in San Diego County ever since.
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