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Valerie Rupp

Parks and People Foundation
Valerie was Director of Development at Women’s Law Center of Maryland, a nonprofit that provides free legal service to victims of domestic abuse and advocates for justice and fairness for women. She helped to preserve and communicate the stories of the workers who made the area’s industrial heritage at Baltimore Museum of Industry while working in the public programs and fundraising offices. As an AmeriCorps member she earned a Governor’s Citation for mobilizing thousands of volunteers to serve their communities through Volunteer Maryland.
Ms. Rupp holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration on Public Policy from University of Baltimore and undergraduate degrees in History and Communications (dual focus in Journalism and Public Relations) from Shippensburg University, as well as a certificate in Volunteer Management. She received the Linda Jenkins Brown Award in 2014, given to the top University of Baltimore MPA graduate for academic achievement and civic leadership.
Valerie can often be found climbing trees, befriending domesticated and wild animals alike, and visiting vineyards. On an ongoing quest for the perfect vegan queso, she is a wealth of knowledge regarding restaurants far and wide, as well as plant-based cooking. She enjoys hiking and gardening despite horrible allergies. While she loves to travel, usually a bit off the beaten path and quite possibly on the side of a mountain, she also enjoys exploring the many adventures available in the Baltimore-DC metro area.