Valecia joined Jewish Family & Career Services (JFCS) in May 2021 as Director of Navigate. In this role, Valecia is responsible for providing business planning services and microlending opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Her team helps clients in promising communities with business concepts and best approaches to start and expand businesses and maximize new opportunities.
Prior to joining JFCS, Valecia enjoyed a rewarding career of 33+ years in the news publishing industry with Gannett Co., Inc./USA TODAY Network. Valecia, holding both regional and national roles, was recognized as an industry expert in retail marketing, sales and operations and readily shared successful programs with colleagues for generating top-line revenue growth. Throughout Valecia’s media career, she assumed several industry leadership roles, including President of the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) Circulation Federation, President of the Ohio Circulation Managers Association (OCMA), as well as leading multiple industry committee assignments tied around audience development initiatives.
Valecia is currently a Community Impact Cabinet (CIC) member with Metro United Way in Louisville, serves on the board for Center of Neighborhoods, and is a AARP Kentucky Community Volunteer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with minors in Communications and Economics.