has worked for the U.S. Senate, The White House Office of Legislative Affairs for President Ronald Reagan, The Investigative Project on Terrorism, Dr. Kissinger’s Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and Honeywell Public Affairs.


She earned two Master’s degrees in Public Policy, one at the University of Maryland International Security and Economic Policy (ISEP), and another at George Mason University in International Negotiations and Transactions, a certificate at the Counter Terrorism Institute (CTI) in Hertzliya, Israel and another at Georgetown University in International Business.


As the author of the #1 Best Selling book, Backyard Jihad: How Parents Can Detect the Invisible Threat of Radialization, Valerie focuses on how and why young adults join terrorist organizations and what all Americans must know about the jihadi insurgency in America. She co-founded Skyrim Security Training with Israeli Defense Force (IDF) veterans to teach citizens how to protect themselves, their businesses, schools and neighbors from terrorism and others seeking violence.