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Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Valerie Leonard


Ms. Leonard, a Community Development Consultant, has a mission to strengthen the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. Her clients include the Illinois ResourceNet, After School Matters, Quad Communities Development Corporation, Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

Ms. Leonard's projects span a wide range of community and organizational development, including comprehensive organizational assessment, developing organizational budgets, financial management systems, policies and procedures, strategic planning, proposal writing and resource development, preparing cash flow projections, performing regulatory compliance reviews, development of specialized workshops and providing technical assistance for organizations seeking federal funds.

Ms. Leonard has considerable experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Prior to starting her consulting practice, she spearheaded the spin-off of a community-based grant making organization from a family foundation and became its founding executive director; managed site planning and development activities for Jewel- Osco stores in Chicago and the six collar counties; coordinated financing in excess of $100 million for construction, renovation and major capital equipment purchases for a healthcare system on Chicago's west side; and developed marketing strategies for New York City's $6 billion general obligation bond program.

Ms. Leonard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Spelman College and a Master of Management with concentrations in finance and marketing from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management.


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