Valerie is an active angel investor and Founder of the Angel Venture Forum. She has been involved with many start-up companies in the areas of operational development and strategic planning for more than 20 years. She is the founder and president of Capital Growth, Inc. (CGI) which was founded in 1994 as a venture capital data and information publishing company. CGI currently specializes in business building and actively invests in early stage companies. From 2004-2007 Valerie served as President of the Pennsylvania Angel Network. She also served as director of the Private Investors Forum (Philadelphia) and the annual Angel Venture Fair (AVF) – a consortium of angel investors from 2004-2010. Valerie serves on the Policy Committee of the Angel Capital Association (ACA). Additionally, she is a member of the PEG PAC Political Action Committee Board of the Pennsylvania Business Council and founder of Entrepreneurs for Growth (EFG) which was established to preserve and encourage the stability and growth of American emerging businesses by educating elected officials about early stage companies. Valerie previously served as an Analyst for the Pennsylvania State Senate and worked for Senate leadership. She also served as Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator H. John Heinz, III (PA).