A native and life-long resident of Pittsburgh, Valerie is married to Theodore Roberts, Jr., has four adult children, a son-in-law and ten grandchildren.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology and Master of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, both summa cum laude.
Valerie brings 24 years of diverse governmental experience having served as appointed Allegheny County Manager of the Department of Real Estate, elected Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds, City of Pittsburgh Council Member, and Pittsburgh School Board Member.
She has served on over 30 non-profit boards and organizations, and has received over 25 awards for her public service including the Pittsburgh Business Times Women in Business, YWCA Tribute to Women Leadership Award, Carlow College Woman of Spirit, and the New Pittsburgh Courier Woman of Excellence.
She has been a children’s Christian educator for 30 years and had served as Girl Scout leader for 8 years.
As Chief Urban Affairs Officer, Valerie oversees all housing, non-profit and faith-based initiatives of city government, with responsibilities over the Housing Authority, the Commission on Human Relations, and with a particular focus on underserved neighborhoods.