Speaker

Valarie D. Wilson

Executive Director, BeltLine Partnership


Valarie Wilson serves as Executive Director of the BeltLine Partnership, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering support for Atlanta’s BeltLine, the largest urban revitalization project in America. As executive director, Ms. Wilson is responsible for a capital campaign to raise $60 million in private funds to meet critical BeltLine needs, and she oversees an extensive program of public education and community outreach initiatives.

Ms. Wilson has a 20-year background in public service and meeting community needs. Before being selected to lead the BeltLine Partnership in August 2006, she served as Director of the Fulton County Human Services Department, responsible for an annual budget of $26 million and directing programs that serve the elderly, children and youth. During her tenure as director, she developed initiatives that secured millions of dollars for service delivery and spearheaded the creation of three non-profit agencies that deliver aging programs throughout Fulton County. Before her role as department director, she served as director of the Office of Aging from 1991-96.

Ms. Wilson is a graduate of Clark College who holds a bachelor of arts in communications, and she completed graduate studies at Troy State University in public administration. She is an elected member of the City of Decatur’s Board of Education, where she serves as chair, and is a member of the Decatur Education Foundation. A native of Swainsboro, Georgia, Ms. Wilson lives in Decatur with her husband, Carter, and her son, a freshman at Decatur High School.