Valerie Melton is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of service in the public and private sector, mainly in higher education, prior to joining CapDev in 2022. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a passion for working with constituent groups at historically black colleges and universities to ensure that students receive a quality education and has devoted her career to building bridges and resources that preserve the rich legacy of the institutions she has served.
A native of Mt. Holly, NC, Valerie holds a bachelor's degree from North Carolina A&T State University, a master's degree in public administration from Delaware State University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in higher education leadership. She is a member of the Higher Education Leadership Institute.
In her first job after college, Valerie worked with Duke Power Company (now Duke Energy) for six years, and then joined First Union National Bank (now Wells Fargo) for five years. She then determined to focus on personal goals that led her to Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy.
In 1997, she founded Pathfinder Consulting Services, now VRM Consulting, and has extended professional fundraising, marketing, and event planning services to a broad array of nonprofit clients.
After working as a consultant for South Carolina State University in 2006 she served as vice president for institutional advancement, where she oversaw fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications, events and ceremonies, WSSB radio station, and Title III funds. In 2008, she joined the Winston Salem State University as Senior Associate Athletic Director where she oversaw intercollegiate fundraising, marketing and promotions.
In 2014, she joined the Delaware State University leadership team as Special Assistant to President for University Advancement, where she oversaw fundraising, alumni relations, events and ceremonies, government relations and marketing and communications. After five years of service to DSU, she served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas and Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.
Valerie has been committed to her community and has served as executive director for several nonprofits as well as a board member for the United Way of Central Carolinas, the Boys and Girls Club of Our Towns, and the Bobby Phills Scholarship Fund. She also completed the Minority Business Development Institute sponsored by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Cabarrus County. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, CASE, American Marketing Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and holds previous memberships with Delaware Partnership for Public Education, National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors, Minority Opportunities Athletic Association, National Association of Athletic Development Directors, National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators.
Valerie is committed to practicing her faith, by serving God and others. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, exploring, playing golf, volunteering and spending time with family, friends and her two granddaughters: Riley and Callie.
Valerie's past clients have included: Economic Justice Platform; Canaan Baptist Church of Delaware; Delaware State University; Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference(MEAC); ESPN Regional Television; The Citadel University; South Carolina State University; Winston Salem State University; Tanners Bistro; Boys and Girls Club of Our Towns; Charlotte Chamber of Commerce; The Bobby Phills Scholarship Fund; United Negro College Fund; Mecklenburg County Zoning Department; Urban League of Central Carolinas; The McCorey YMCA; Community Pride Magazine; The Pastor's Consortium of NC, and Friends of Former Chief Justice Henry Frye.