Valerie Biberaj

2018 Speaker

VALERIE BIBERAJ is director of philanthropic programming for kate spade new york. In this role, she has overseen the reinvention of the kate spade new york Foundation, formulating the philanthropic strategies under the new mission statement of empowering women to transform their communities.  The foundation contains a dynamic portfolio of grantees that economically empower underprivileged women in New York City through technology, entrepreneurship and the arts. From pilot programs with established organizations like the International Rescue Committee to nascent nonprofits like Coalition for Queens, the kate spade new york Foundation prides itself on true partnerships with grantees, helping them succeed and grow in ways most meaningful to them and the women they serve. Biberaj has worked for a number of non-profit organizations, notably helping launch The Lunchbox Fund’s app, Feedie, which translated food photo uploads into actual meals for children in South Africa. Previously, she worked in the general counsel and chief of staff’s offices at David Yurman, where her projects included the Yurman Foundation. Biberaj earned a BA from New York University in English literature and creative writing, followed by a JD from Brooklyn Law School.  She is a member of the Artemis Circle of the New Museum, supporting female artists. @katespadeny

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