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Graduate Returns as New Board Member: Welcome, Valerie Galvao!

Women’s Money Matters Welcomes New Board Member, Valerie Galvao

A program graduate becomes a board member 

Women’s Money Matters proudly welcomes Valerie Galvao to its Board of Directors, marking a remarkable journey from program participant to esteemed board member. Valerie’s trajectory epitomizes the transformative impact of financial wellness and empowerment. 

Valerie Galvao brings over a decade of dedication and excellence in  human services to her new role. Valerie’s unwavering commitment to social work and community service shines through her extensive volunteer work with organizations like One Family Inc. and Agassiz Village Summer Camp, as well as her involvement in legislative testimony and city. 

With a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Salem State University on the horizon, Valerie’s academic achievements, including making the Dean’s List, member of several Honor Societies and active participation in the Student Advisory Council for the School of Social Work, underscore her commitment to excellence.  

Her personal journey with Women’s Money Matters, from participant to board member, speaks volumes about her passion for financial empowerment. Her ongoing relationship with her coach, Anita, extends beyond financial wellness into various facets of life, emphasizing the profound impact of mentorship and support.

Reflecting on her time as a participant, Valerie highlights the sense of community fostered by Women’s Money Matters and the pivotal moment of creating a budget during workshops which allowed her to actualize short and long term financial goals. This experience catalyzed her journey towards financial stability and ultimately motivated her transition to a leadership role. 

Transitioning to the board was motivated by Valerie’s desire to bridge participant experiences with board decisions. Her dedication to civic engagement and advocacy, fueled by her background in social work and personal experiences, underscores her commitment to systematic change. She gained hands-on experience in legislative advocacy initiatives and community organizing during her BSW internship in Macro-Social Work with the National Association of Social Workers-Massachusetts Chapter.

Valerie envisions Women’s Money Matters continuing to empower women through free programs, one-on-one coaching, and advocacy efforts. Her message to others embarking on a similar leadership journey is one of empowerment and resilience, emphasizing the importance of representation and using one’s voice to uplift others. 

In joining the board, Valerie finds empowerment and healing, embracing her voice and story to inspire others. She acknowledges the supportive environment of Women’s Money Matters and the transformative mentorship she’s received, propelling her growth as a leader. 

Please join us in welcoming Valerie Galvao to our Board of Directors. Her journey exemplifies the transformative impact of our programs and the unwavering commitment to empowering women through financial education and community support. 

About Women’s Money Matters: 

Women’s Money Matters builds the financial wellness, confidence, and security of women living on low incomes through a unique program that combines instructional workshops and personal, one-to-one coaching. For more information about Women’s Money Matters and its programs, please visit