Valeria is a designer and educator creating visual tools that translate complexity for laypeople. Her work, rooted in the traditions of popular education, engages the imagination and expertise of impacted stakeholders. She has collaborated on community engagement strategies, visual "explainers," experiential curricula, and public artworks with the Queens Museum, the National Parks Service, Youth Represent, Detroit Future Schools, Immigrant Defense Project, Teachers Unite, Participatory Budgeting Project, the New School’s Digital Equity Laboratory, the Advocacy Institute, and Detroit Community Technology Project.
Previously, she was the Deputy Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) where she developed and managed nationally-recognized models for design collaborations and youth education programs including “Urban Investigations,” recipient of the nation’s highest honor for youth development programs. She holds a BA from Brown University in Modern Culture and Media and lives and works in Queens, New York.