Tom Valentine is the Vice President of the International Group of YMCA of the USA (Y-USA). Tom leads Y-USA’s efforts to strengthen collaboration between the U.S. YMCA Movement and the YMCA Movements located in 118 countries. This includes efforts to strengthen U.S. YMCA engagement with newcomer-immigrant communities across the nation, the coordination of financial and technical support for international YMCA partners, and the mobilization of philanthropic support for global YMCA youth and community development initiatives.

Tom has more than 25 years of international development experience in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He led the management of over $20 million in grants from United States Agency for International Development, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the Knight Foundation. Prior to joining the YMCA in 1996, Tom worked with Catholic Relief Services in Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi. Tom holds a Masters’ Degree in International Development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Georgetown University. Tom speaks French, Spanish, Amharic, Arabic and Kiswahili.

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