Meet BOD member – Valerie

It’s #BlackHistoryMonth! Join us in celebrating the incredible black women who make JRF so amazing. Meet Valerie Bell!

Val is a member of the JRF Board of Directors. She is the executive director of the Athens Regional Library System, which covers five Northeast Georgia counties with 11 library branches. Valerie previously served as Assistant Director for Public Services at the Ocean County Library in Toms River, New Jersey, where she worked for 28 years in various positions. Valerie is a leader who specializes in customer service and community outreach. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including the NAACP Community Leader of the Year, Library Journal Mover & Shaker. A proponent of diversity and inclusion, Valerie has served on a number of ALA’s committees and on Council.

“I am captivated by the JRF Mission: Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (JRF) provides scholarships and support for low-income women thirty-five and older across the U.S. and twenty-five and older in Georgia to build better lives through college completion.

The equity, diversity & inclusion program series ‘It’s Time to Talk’ is an initiative about which I am passionate. JRF is an organization that addresses today’s issues, focused on real-life solutions.”

Valerie Bell, Rankin Fund Board of Directors

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