Valerie Russo

Vice President of Strategy and Excellence

Valerie Russo joined The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) in February 2011, serving in the new position of Vice President of Strategy and Excellence. 

Today, Valerie leads efforts to develop a performance management system to measure performance against key organizational outcomes, advance a culture of continuous improvement, and create systems to develop and sustain program excellence and innovation.  Serving as a member of the Children’s Aid senior leadership team, she supervises functions related to public policy, quality assurance and public grants.  She also plans and directs major initiatives within CAS to ensure consistent and effective continuums of care for children and conducts ongoing strategic planning.

Valerie came to CAS after a distinguished tenure at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), where most recently she served as the founding Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Quality Assurance. In this role, she was charged with improving the systems that evaluate child welfare service providers. She directed the redesign of Scorecard, ACS’s primary evaluation tool and oversaw the development of the case summary component of Childstat, ACS’s weekly accountability and learning forum. She also guided the Satterwhite Training Academy through an expansion of training for child protective workers.  Prior to becoming Deputy Commissioner, Valerie served ACS as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner and Chief of Staff. She has also served as the Director of Planning at The New York Foundling, where she developed the organization’s strategic plan. She was selected as an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellow in 2003. Valerie received her Bachelor’s degrees in English and in French from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Valerie’s leadership is critical to the future effectiveness of The Children’s Aid Society as the organization explores new strategies to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive.