Valerie Biden Owens has dedicated her long and distinguished career to public service, empowerment of women, and service to the disadvantaged. She led all seven U.S. Senate campaigns in President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s political career and was his principal surrogate on the campaign trail. She is one of the first women in the United States to have managed a presidential campaign.
Valerie currently serves as Vice Chair of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware. The Biden Institute’s mission is to engage, train, and inspire the next generation of policy leaders. By bringing students together with respected practitioners from diverse backgrounds and a broad range of fields, the Biden Institute equips aspiring public servants to elevate civil discourse and take on the most pressing policy challenges facing our nation.
Valerie also sits on the Advisory Board of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children and the MGM Public Policy Institute Advisory Board at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She serves as a Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Valerie was a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School and served on the National Board of the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee. For more than twenty years, she was Executive Vice President of Joe Slade White & Company, a media consulting firm, where she worked on the creation and implementation of messaging for political candidates.
As a partner at Owens Patrick Leadership Seminars, Valerie has consulted and presented on communication skills in the workplace, with an emphasis on coaching women to project confidence in a business environment. For more than twenty years, she trained women across the world on how to engage in and influence the political process. She worked extensively with Women’s Campaign International in countries such as Liberia, Venezuela, Romania, and Taiwan teaching women how to organize and develop communication and political skills. Valerie 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.
In 2016, Valerie was nominated and served as U.S. Senior Advisor to the United Nations General Assembly 71. As Senior Advisor, 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, and delivered remarks to designated committees of the U.N. Valerie also presented to the New York Homeland Security team as part of their Leadership Education and Development program.
Valerie delivered the keynote address for Harvard Law School’s 2015 International Women’s Day celebration and was one of fifty women presented with the law school’s international “Women Inspiring Change” award. She is the recipient of numerous honors for her work and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars such as The White House Summit on The United State of Women, MGM Resorts Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Conference, and the University of Delaware’s Women of Promise Dinner.
For thirty-five years, Valerie has served on the board of The Ministry of Caring, an ecumenical organization in her community dedicated to serving poor, homeless, and disadvantaged people, and she has received The Ministry of Caring’s highest award in recognition of her years of dedication and service.
Valerie is a graduate of the University of Delaware. In 2018, her alma mater awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Laws. She is married to Jack Owens, an attorney and businessman. They have three children.