Valencia Handy is a native of Wilson, NC. In 1996 as a J.B. Hunt High School student Ms. Handy was selected out of the county to attend NC Legislators School in which added to her already passion for leadership and change . A current active nurse , in 2003, Ms. Handy obtained her BS in Biology/Chemistry as well as a minor as a Chancellor's Scholar from Fayetteville State University and is an active member of the alumni chapter. Ms. Handy has also been able to obtain several other degrees from other institutions such as UNC-Chapel Hill.
Valencia began her organizational skills as a youth in 1997. Ms. Handy, currently a Regional Director for a phenomenal 2020 Presidential Candidate oversees several counties managing, recruiting, and training organizers to organize effectively and efficiently making sure they hit their goals. Prior to joining her current campaign job, Valencia was executing campaign plans and effective organizing tactics including grassroots voter contact as a Regional Organizer during the North Carolina Congressional District 9 election both cycles (NC-9) and (NC-9 special election), which was a result of election fraud overturn.
As an active member of several other organizations in the community such as NOW, FCNL, United Negro Women, NAACP, RAGE to name a few she advocates for rights of others, rights and equity of woman, voter rights, and racial inequality. She serves as a Rape Crisis Advocate and a Court Watcher for Fayetteville NOW. She is also a recent alumnus of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. As a member of the Cumberland County Democratic party she serves as a precinct chair as well as a delegate for the North Carolina Democratic State Executive Committee.
Ms. Handy has served on several nonprofit boards and committees. Currently, she is a board member of Action Pathways Inc. and Cumberland Health Net which keeps her busy. Cumberland HealthNet, a collaborative network of community organizations, seeks to improve access to care for the uninsured, improve coordination of services, provide needs assessments, provide community education and resources and advocate on behalf of the uninsured. Action Pathways, Inc. , Fayetteville, NC nonprofit that ensures people have a pathway to self-sufficiency with programs designed to help themselves. The programs ASPIRE, Reentry Council, Second Harvest Food Bank and Head Start together create initiatives that tackle poverty. Addressing four focus areas Hunger, Housing, Education and Empowerment which are necessities in our society that are harder to obtain and sustain by those struggling with poverty.