Valrie Barrett, Operations Director, Refoundry

Dr. Valrie Barrett currently serves as the Operations Director at Refoundry, a nonprofit that provides formerly incarcerated people with the skills and opportunity to achieve financial independence and become leaders and job creators. Previous to her role at Refoundry, Valrie served as Chief Operating Officer at the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, supporting the end of cash bail in New York State. She was also the Chief of Staff for JustLeadershipUSA, an advocacy driven nonprofit dedicated to cutting the prison population by 2030. Valrie has worked in the field of criminal justice reform and substance use for over two decades, with a demonstrated history in nonprofit operations, management, clinical supervision, and project coordination. She is also the Founder of Vested Beyond, a company dedicated to providing operational and management expertise to support organizational and program development. Valrie earned her PhD in Social Welfare from The City University of New York Graduate Center and her Masters in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at both Touro College School of Social Work and The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She is a current advisory board member to A Second U Foundation. Valrie maintains peace and balance through boxing and hot yoga practice.


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