Valerie Johnson is the daughter of two public school educators raised in the Inland Empire, a community college and UC Berkeley graduate with a degree in Political Science and Public Policy, and a current Legislation and Policy Specialist with the Foundation for California Community Colleges. In her work, Valerie leverages state policies and budget opportunities to make positive impact for students at California Community Colleges. She is a former board member of both the Student Senate for California Community Colleges and the UC Student Association, organizations that represent students on over 100 campuses. Valerie is passionate about shaping and understanding policy to create a more equitable future for all Californians. Valerie lives in Oakland and enjoys exploring the beautiful Bay Area in her free time.