Valerie Spencer has 29 years of experience in philanthropy, primarily focused on issues relating to women, girls, and people with special needs. Ms. Spencer has been a board member of the Women's Foundation of Minnesota (WFMN) for the past five years, and chaired a successful $15 .9 million Endowment Campaign. She is also currently on the WFMN's grant making committee, and has been involved in sight visits and the stringent grantee selection process. Through her involvement, Ms. Spencer has become dedicated to systems change philanthropy and passionate about helping our diverse communities of women and girls. In the area of special needs, Ms. Spencer founded and co-chaired for 15 years the Special Needs Partnership Committee of the Orono School District in Minneapolis, MN, which brings together one professional and one parent of a special needs child from each of the district's 5 levels. She is currently an honorary board member of Arc Greater Twin Cities as well as a previous board member of St. David's School for Child Development, an integrated pre-school, which she helped to raise $3.1 million in a capital campaign. Ms. Spencer has served on boards of Planned Parenthood, The Minneapolis YWCA and a women's shelter called The Hopkins Project. She is also currently the President of Broadwaters Foundation. Ms. Spencer is a graduate of Williams College and received her bachelor's degree in Russian Area Studies.