Valerissa Baker, MPH, is a Business Development Manager for an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people out of poverty. She co-manages the organization's private business acquisition of High-Net Worth donors, Corporations, Foundations, Churches, and others, tailoring Program and Project concept notes and proposal scopes to donors' interest across multiple sectors: Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH), Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs, Child Protection and Development, Health, and Food Security and Livelihoods. Her portfolio consists of countries throughout Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Valerissa received her Master of Public Health from Boston University's School of Public Health and her Bachelor of Science from Drexel University. For her master's degree, she dual-concentrated in Health Policy and Management and Global Health, to learn best practices on how to increase health equity in her surrounding communities. Valerissa has aspirations of being a major public health leader and has devoted countless hours toward public health initiatives dedicated to decreasing the burdens of our healthcare industry's greatest challenges. She values having a well-connected, social atmosphere and wishes to use her expertise to bridge gaps between public and private efforts that decrease social disparities. As an Alumna of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, she recognizes her capacity to help shape the future and change the world.