As Chief Urban Affairs Officer, Valerie oversees all housing, small business and neighborhood development, nonprofit and faith-based initiatives within city government and the community, with responsibilities over the Housing Authority, the Commission on Human Relations and the Equal Opportunity Review Commission, and is particularly focused on providing service for underserved neighborhoods.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology and Masters of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, both summa cum laude.
Valerie McDonald Roberts 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 a Pittsburgh School Board Member.
She has served on over 30 nonprofit 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 also been a children’s Christian educator for 30 years and had served as Girl Scout leader for 8 years.
A native and life-long resident of Pittsburgh, Valerie is married to Theodore Roberts, Jr., has four adult children, and ten grandchildren.