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Statement of Qualifications-11!17!11

Statement of Qualifications-11!17!11

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4111 West 21st PlaceChicago, IL 60623Phone: 773-521-3137Fax: 773-522-1832Website: www.valeriefleonard.comE-Mail: consulting@valeriefleonard.com
Valerie F. Leonard
 Helping organizations create sustainable communities
Statement of Qualifications
 
 
STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONSSummary
Valerie F. Leonard is a community development consultant with a mission to strengthen thecapacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve throughtechnical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management.
Ms. Leonard’s r
elevant experience includes developing comprehensive communityand organizational assessment tools; developing organizational regulatory compliance tools, boardpolicies and procedures; developing grant making programs, policies and procedures; conductingcompliance reviews for grantees; and developing workshops and technical assistance fororganizations seeking government funding. Other experience includes developing grant proposalsfor projects funded through federal programs such as
President Obama’s Broadband Technology
Opportunities Program (BTOP), HUD Section 202, HUD Section 242/FHA and CDBG; coordinatingsite review and compliance activities for fe
derally funded programs from the funded agencies’
perspectives.Ms. Leonard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Spelman College, and a Master of Management degree in finance and marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.Continuing education includes online courses in nonprofit management from the University of Illinois at Chicago Great Cities Institute; seminars in strategic nonprofit management from theKellogg Graduate School of Management; and training in new markets tax credits, low incomehousing tax credits and historic tax credits. Ms. Leonard has completed a course in onlineinstruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught online courses in finance andbudgeting for nonprofit organizations through the
Great Cities Institute’s Professional Education
department.
Ms. Leonard’s experience is described in further detail
on the pages that follow.
 
 Valerie F. Leonard- Statement of Qualifications
 
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Management 
Organization: North Lawndale Small GrantsHuman Development CorporationRole: Executive Director
Prior to starting her consulting practice, Ms. Leonard was the executive director of the NorthLawndale Small Grants Human Development Corporation (Small Grants). Under
Ms. Leonard’s
leadership, the group was transformed from an initiative of the Steans Family Foundation into aseparate 501 (c) (3) organization completely controlled by the community. Ms. Leonard managedday-to-day operations and resource development activities for the $500,000 neighborhoodprogram. This included developing internal management and financial systems for board and staff,and coordinating a strategic planning process that included community stakeholders from all walksof life. In addition to managing the small grants program, she spearheaded the development of theTarget Block Program, Housing Resource Center and African Garden Project.Ms. Leonard
 
Promoted internal and external organizational leadership development and capacitybuilding, including hiring consultants for team building and strategic planning, installingaccounting software, implementing a technology plan, developing a fundraising plan andproviding technical assistance to grantees.
 
Developed board and management policies and procedures, includingA.
 
Grant making guidelines, policies and procedures for board, staff and granteesB.
 
Financial policies and procedures manualC.
 
Personnel policies and procedures manualD.
 
Board recruitment criteria and policies and procedures manual
 
Coordinated a community-wide research and planning process for North Lawndale AfricanGarden. Worked with NeighborSpace to acquire 5 vacant lots valued at approximately$125,000. Total investment from the community, foundations, corporations and the City of Chicago exceeds $200,000. NeighborSpace uses the project as a case study for best practicesfor community gardening.
 
Developed the Share the Vision and North Lawndale African Garden Project direct mailcampaigns, resulting in cash and in-kind donations exceeding $30,000 within 6 months
 
Developed a computer model to quantify impact of grant making and volunteer activities
 
Organized Target Block residents to secure in excess of $500,000 in infrastructureimprovements
 
Coordinated site selection and relocation activities, including purchasing and solicitingdonations of new furnishings and equipment; installation of a computer network and DSLand negotiating a lease agreement.
 

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