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Valeria Wells

Valeria Wells

Chief Advancement Officer

As the Chief Advancement Officer, Valeria oversees all philanthropic, earned revenue, marketing, and communication efforts to advance uAspire's mission to improve the economic mobility of underrepresented students by creating financial solutions for diverse postsecondary pathways.

Valeria comes to uAspire from Horizons National, where she held the positions of Senior Vice President of Development and Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications. 

Valeria has over 24 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working in various sectors such as educational equity, early childhood and postsecondary education, workforce development, and criminal justice reform. Her extensive background in marketing communications, fundraising, board governance, and event production has raised over $200 million for nonprofit organizations.

Valeria holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and finance from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She resides in Stamford, Connecticut, and volunteers her time focusing on environmental and climate sustainability.


Why uAspire?

As a first-generation college graduate struggling to finance my education, the uAspire mission hits close to home. Working closely with uAspire's leaders and community matters because it expands financial aid and educational opportunities for students to achieve and realize sustainable life.