Welcome Chief Development Officer, Valerie Garate Ramirez
We are thrilled to announce that Valerie Ramirez will be joining Avondale House as our new Chief Development Officer.
Valerie has experience working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector for 8+ years. Valerie began her nonprofit career in 2014 as an Events and Fundraising Coordinator at a cancer center in the Rio Grande Valley. In 2015, she moved to Houston and served as the Director of Communications and External Operations for Kids’ Meals, Inc. Following Kids’ Meals, she served as the Director of Development for CanCare, Inc. Prior to Avondale House, Valerie served as a Senior Consultant for Trevino Consulting Group. As a senior consultant, she provided assistance to client organizations in all aspects of philanthropic growth including development of strategic fundraising plans, campaign management and implementation, database management, and annual fund campaigns.
Valerie has diverse experience in fundraising, event planning, communications, program development, foundation and corporate relationship building, and volunteer engagement. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Texas-Pan American, a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Texas A&M University, and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from the University of Houston-Downtown.
Outside of work, Valerie enjoys volunteering with local nonprofit organizations and serves as President Elect on the Board of Directors for Latin Women’s Initiative, a nonprofit that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Latin women and children. She is on the Advisory Board for Impact100 Houston and is a member of the Junior League of Houston and Association of Fundraising Professionals.