Valerie Hunter

National Director, Organization Development & Talent Management

Valerie challenges our staff to think and perform in ways that widens our lens. She uses systems thinking, creative problem solving and leadership coaching (among her hundreds of other tools and skills) to spark breakthrough conversations, bringing our learning and interactions to life.

Prior to joining NAMI in 2007, Ms. Hunter was the Deputy Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's National Program Office, Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse. She has served in numerous other leadership roles including Director of Training and Workforce Development for one of Oregon’s largest mental health and addictions treatment centers and Deputy Mental Health Director in Humboldt County, Calif.

The connecting thread throughout Valerie’s rich background is her commitment to helping individuals, families, teams and organizations function better. Valerie holds a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy and is a registered occupational therapist. Valerie is also a licensed psychotherapist who received her M.A. degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. She is a graduate of The Coaches Training Institute and has trained with the Society for Organizational Learning, the International Association of Facilitators and the Center for Creative Leadership.