TITLE: Program Officer
FOCUS AREAS: Education from birth to age 8, literacy, math education, native american populations
CONTACT: Valorie.Johnson@wkkf.org, (269) 968-1611
PROFILE: Valorie Johnson has been with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation since 1992. She is currently a program officer in its Educated Kids division. Johnson's professional history includes a significant focus on Native American populations, both prior to her time at Kellogg as well as during her time at the foundation, where in the past she has managed its Dream Native American Higher Educational Initiative (no longer operational).
Here is an excerpt of Johnson's bio, which further articulates her commitment to education, particular for Native American youth:
Dr. Valorie Johnson has been a valuable advocate for Native American educational efforts throughout the country. She has served as a consultant to tribes, communities, and institutions on education and human issues regarding Native American people. She served as the Director of Native American Affairs for the State of Michigan, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Indian Outreach Program, a program to support Native American children, families, and communities throughout the state. Dr. Johnson also serves as a mentor to Native American student interns to assist in their personal development and to provide important on-the-job training in areas of services to Native American families.
Dr. Johnson has been a valuable advocate for the tribal colleges and the American Indian College Fund. During the Fund's inaugural capital campaign, she raised several multi-million dollar grants from national foundations to support those educational efforts.
Johnson has also served as a guidance counselor at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and is a former board member of both the Board of Regents for the Bay Mills Community College and Americans for Indian Opportunity. She currently serves on the board of directors for Thrive by Five Washington.
Johnson recevied her bachelor's degree in human development and family studies and her master's degree in educational psychology, both from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also has a PhD in educational administration from Michigan State University.