Valerie Dorian, Chief Development Officer

Valerie Dorian

Chief Development Officer

Valerie Dorian leads a team of talented fundraisers dedicated to advancing Best Friends Animal Society's lifesaving mission. Valerie oversees major and principal gifts, planned giving, annual giving, corporate and foundation partnerships, and development communications. She also leads the Campaign to Save Them All, Best Friends’ comprehensive fundraising campaign to achieve no-kill nationwide.

Throughout her career, Valerie has focused on supporting meaningful causes and achieving lasting social change. She has empowered some of the nation's most recognized nonprofit organizations to achieve transformational revenue growth and program impact.

Valerie brings considerable expertise and interest in public-private alliances and has developed innovative approaches to fundraising and cause marketing in her previous leadership roles at the National Park Foundation and The Nature Conservancy. She has successfully forged partnerships across several industries with Fortune 500 companies and global brands alike. Earlier in her career, Valerie worked at Ketchum, a leading communications agency, as well as the global management consulting firm Accenture.

Valerie has a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree from Indiana University. Valerie hails from Chicago and Washington, D.C., and currently resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with her family, including two children, an adorable dog, and an ancient goldfish.