Valerie manages the Enhancing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (E-WASH) baseline project and the water safety plan evaluation research study for REAL-Water. Both projects are funded by USAID and being conducted in partnership with other organizations in rural Ghana. She also contributes to study design and research activities on other projects.
Valerie has experience working on water and sanitation projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the United States. Prior to joining Aquaya, she was a researcher at the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a postdoctoral fellow in environmental health at Emory University, and a water/wastewater engineer at AECOM. Her research has spanned a wide range of WASH topics, including water quality, child-focused sanitation, WASH and health, fecal contamination exposure and transmission pathways, solid waste management, and sustainable service delivery for WASH in low- and middle-income countries.
Valerie earned a PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MS in environmental engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison