Executive Director, RISE for Youth
Valerie Slater is a youth justice attorney and leads an organization that trains youth leaders and advocates for the rights of youth and families facing justice system involvement or engaged with other systems charged with the care of Virginia’s youth. Previously Valerie worked to protect the rights of children with disabilities in community, residential and juvenile justice facilities throughout the state at the Commonwealth’s protection and advocacy organization. Valerie earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law and her Bachelors from Colorado State University. Valerie is a fierce advocate for children and brings to her work an unwavering commitment to strengthening youth and communities to lead the efforts to realize their visions for change.