Senior Program Officer for Education
Valerie Cuevas leads SVCF’s education grantmaking strategy. She has expertise in educational equity, state legislative policy and K-12 governance.
She joined SVCF after serving as the interim executive director of The Education Trust-West where she focused on public policy advocacy and program work that improved educational outcomes for all students pre-K through college. A former director with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, she also previously served as an aide to the chair of the California Assembly Committee on Higher Education and worked as chief of staff to a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education.
As a volunteer, Valerie serves her local community as a publicly elected member of the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) Board of Education. She is a co-founder of the California Latino Environmental Advocacy Network, a non-profit community based organization that advocates for clean air, clean water and neighborhoods to be free of toxins and pollution. Valerie holds dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and sociology from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in educational psychology, administration and counseling from CSU Long Beach.