Valerie Biden Owens is one of the first women in the United States to have managed a modern U.S. Senatorial campaign, as well as a Presidential campaign. Mrs. Biden Owens has led every campaign in her brother Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s political career, including his seven straight U.S. Senate victories and his run for two Democratic Presidential nominations. She also has been his principal surrogate on the campaign trail.
Valerie is the Vice Chair of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware, whose mission is to influence, shape, and work to solve the most pressing domestic policy problems facing America. Valerie also serves as Vice Chair of the Biden Foundation, which works to advance issues that the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden have worked on throughout their careers, including Cancer Moonshot, the Violence Against Women Act, military families, equal rights, and affordable education. She is a partner at Owens Patrick Leadership Seminars and is also a certified trainer in body language: non-verbal communication skills.
Valerie sits on the Advisory Board of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children and she was appointed to the MGM Public Policy Institute Advisory Board at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Valerie was nominated and served as U.S. Senior Advisor to the United Nations General Assembly. While at the UN she represented the U.S. government when, among other things, she delivered three interventions to the General Assembly on topics such as The International Court of Justice and human rights. Valerie also delivered remarks to designated committees of the UN as the U.S. delegate. In addition, during her time at the UN, Valerie conducted a training seminar for New York’s Homeland Security team, as part of their Leadership Education and Development program.
For 20 years, when Valerie was not managing or advising Vice President Biden’s campaigns, she served as Executive Vice President of Joe Slade White & CO, a media consulting firm, where she worked on the creation and implementation of messaging for various political candidates.
Valerie has trained women across the world on how to engage in and influence the political process. She has worked extensively with Women’s Campaign International in countries such as Liberia, Venezuela, Romania, and Taipei teaching women how to organize and develop communication and political skills. She also conducted intensive residential training courses for Afghan Diplomats and Civil Servants organized by the Italian National School of Administration and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Valerie was a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her weekly seminar, “Politics, Up Close and Personal,” was the most popular seminar during her time there.
For her extensive experience in politics, Valerie has received numerous honors and is a highly sought after speaker. Her keynote addresses have included Harvard Law School’s International Women’s Day celebration, where she was one of 50 women presented with the law school’s international “Women Inspiring Change” award; the University of Delaware’s Women of Promise Dinner; the University of Delaware’s Model United Nations Conference; and the Vital Voices Northwest Council Celebration of International Women’s Day.
Valerie has also delivered remarks for the National Association of Electrical Distributors, the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America, the MGM Resorts Foundation’s 12th annual Women’s Leadership Conference, The White House Summit on The United States of Women in Washington, D.C., and she has conducted two Leadership Seminars for Bank of America.
Valerie has also served on the National Board of the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee and has served for 35 years on the board of The Ministry of Caring; an ecumenical organization in her community dedicated to serving poor, homeless, and disadvantaged people. The Ministry of Caring presented Valerie with their highest award in recognition of her years of dedication and service.
She is a graduate of the University of Delaware, which recently bestowed upon her an honorary Doctorate, and is married to Jack Owens, an attorney and businessman. They have three children.