Valeria joined the Foundation's team in April 2020 as a Director of the Sport for social development program.
She has been working in the non-profit sector since 2016, developing and implementing charitable and social programs. Before that she worked for the US Agency for International Development in Russia, where she assessed, managed and monitored complex partnerships and projects of a wide range, including social and economic development in various regions of Russia, improving the quality of education, sustainable management of natural resources, and peacemaking initiatives.
She studied at the special department of the faculty of psychology, the Lomonosov Moscow state University, majoring in Psychology of Personnel Management. In 2009 she completed a course on cross-sector partnerships at the University of Cambridge in the UK.