I am delighted to welcome Valerie Navy-Daniels to the Foundation Fighting Blindness family. As our new chief development officer, she is overseeing all of our fundraising programs — including events, major gifts and membership — as well as communications and marketing. As many of you know, most of our research is funded by these fundraising programs, so her role is critical to the success of our mission of saving and restoring vision.
Valerie comes to us with extensive experience and leadership in fundraising, marketing, communications and media relations. She’s held key positions with nonprofit organizations such as the American Red Cross and Boston Medical Center, as well as media outlet WCVB-TV Boston, where she was a broadcast journalist.
During her time with the American Red Cross, Valerie led and contributed to efforts to support disaster-relief programs around the world, including areas affected by hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and the Haiti and Japan earthquakes.
I think anyone engaged in the Foundation’s work will find Valerie’s warmth and energy infectious, and it’s clear from speaking with her extensively that she loves to fundraise for truly important, worthy missions. She has been very impressed with the work of the Foundation and very much wants to play a role in finding treatments and cures for retinal diseases. I am excited to have her join the fight against blindness.