An affiliate faculty member for the School of Education, Dr. Valerie Holton also serves as the director of community-engaged research for VCU’s Division of Community Engagement, where she leads and contributes to strategic initiatives that deepen and demonstrate the university’s civic mission. She leads the division’s involvement in building universitywide infrastructure to advance community-engaged research. Additionally, she supports the development of the division and university’s capacity to track and measure the impact of VCU’s engagement.
A native of Richmond, Holton has worked extensively on the intersection of housing, homelessness and poverty. Prior to her current role, she provided technical assistance to human and state organizations in the areas of strategic planning and board development as well as program planning, development and evaluation. Holton also has developed and led innovative training programs for case managers throughout Virginia. Holton has taught in the VCU School of Education and School of Social Work at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels and served as an adjunct instructor at VCU in the Nonprofit Learning Point. As a licensed clinical social worker, Holton maintains a part-time, community-based practice with a focus on supporting adolescents and women during life transitions.