Valeria McFarren

Valeria is a strategic communications professional with more than a decade of experience developing and implementing communications and advocacy strategies and trainings across the United States, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. She is the co-founder and principal of Chaski Global, a boutique communications firm that provides communications services for NGOs, donors and private sector including CFA Institute, Social Impact, the Inter-American Development Bank, Pike Corporation and MWH Global. She is currently leading communications efforts in Tanzania for the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDs (PEPFAR) to harness the data revolution to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the US Government’s Federal Executive Institute where she teaches communications best practices.
Previously at the Millennium Challenge Corporation she was responsible for creating the agency’s results portfolio, and served as the counterpart to communications experts in 23 countries, overseeing budgets over $10 million and executing national communications campaigns. She has provided executive counsel to leaders in government, NGOs and corporations.She earned a Master’s Degree in Corporate Communications from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Valeria is conversational in French and Portuguese, and speaks Spanish fluently. She was born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia, and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband and twins.