In a career spanning early education, arts education, public health policy, philanthropy, and women’s economic justice, expanding access to opportunity and mentoring young people have always been central for Valerie Bassett.
With a Master of Fine Arts in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Bassett has honed skills in professional and creative writing, having taught composition writing to students at Emerson College, served as speechwriter to the Mayor of Boston and used diverse forms of writing to explain, inspire and persuade in all of her work. Whether writing grant proposals, policy reports, newsletters, legislative testimony, fact sheets, or fundraising letters, writing well and coaching employees and interns to write better have been foundational.
Valerie also has solid experience in teaching and coaching. At the Boston Public Health Commission, she co-created and taught a Leadership Development program for emerging mid-level managers and also created and led training for staff and clients, both youth and adults, in becoming legislative advocates. She shared her public health legislative advocacy expertise with graduate students at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she taught the applied policy course and trained students in the analysis and writing genres specific to public policy. While leading the Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts, Bassett helped implement a program to support low-income women in community college to succeed academically and economically. Through this program, she became a formal mentor to one student and informal mentor to many others, guiding them as they navigated transferring to and succeeding in four-year colleges and applied for and gained professional jobs.