Valerie D. White, Vice President, Executive Vice President & Executive Director, Division of Minority and Women's Business Development 

Valerie White is the Executive Vice President at the Empire State Development Corporation and serves as the Executive Director of the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development; which is charged with promoting equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs throughout New York State. In her role, Valerie oversees the certification program for minority and women owned business enterprises (MWBEs) including the methodology for eligibility analysis, the application review process, and the maintenance of the MWBE certified business repository.  Valerie also leads the team in developing and executing on strategies for the business development of MWBEs through education and outreach to state agencies, MWBEs, and private sector firms.

Valerie joined ESD from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, where she served as Vice President, External Affairs. In that role, she led the department in raising the global, national, and local visibility of the ‘Yard’ through the development and execution of corporate public affairs strategies; which included building and growing strategic partnerships with government representatives, community groups, and corporate sponsors. Valerie also led the Navy Yard’s efforts to acquire funding from government, philanthropic, and socially responsible investment sources. Prior to her role at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Valerie was managing director and lead analytical manager of the public finance housing and municipal structured securities business at Standard & Poor’s ratings, where she led a team of analysts, directing the development and implementation of analytical methodologies and capital risk assessments. During her time at Standard & Poor’s, Valerie authored nearly 60 commentary papers on public finance, affordable housing, and structured finance market trends and issues, and delivered speeches at international conferences focused on public finance and housing including the 7th Annual Australian National Affordable Housing Conference, the Tri-Country Housing Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, the 5th Global Housing Finance Conference at The World Bank, and the first International Social Housing Summit in Den Haag, Netherlands. Valerie’s career began in public service at the City of New York’s Department of Personnel where she helped transform agency operations as Deputy Director, Management Planning and Analysis. In her next role as HOPE VI Director in the Asset Management and Private Market Operations department at the New York City Housing Authority, Valerie led a series of progressively challenging initiatives, including the highly-visible implementation of three urban revitalization projects.
Valerie’s active community service roles include serving as on board of trustees for the Brooklyn Arts Council and a board member of the BRIC Media Arts; as well as an executive committee member for the United Way Worldwide’s Women United council. Valerie holds both a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a law degree from Fordham University, and master’s degree and Certificate in Organization Development from The New School. She lives in Brooklyn.