Valerie Kurka

Immediately after graduating, I worked with Ash Hartwell and CIE students Jacob Carter and Milka Ndura on the Global Citizens' Initiative which brought 13 leaders from around the world to Amherst for a 2-week course in Global Citizenship.


From 2013-2015, I worked in my home state of Wisconsin at the Social Development Commission in Milwaukee where I managed a federal Office of Refugee Resettlement program that trained refugees in financial literacy, business and entrepreneurship and assisted them to open home-based child care centers. I was also a grant writer for the agency for one year.


After that, I worked for a short time for the State of Wisconsin supporting administration of the refugee resettlement program for the state.


I currently work in Washington D.C. on the business development team with Counterpart International, a non-profit that builds the capacity of civil society to advocate for change and work towards solutions in their communities.


Recently Valerie helped organize an informal gathering of CIE graduates in the Washington, D.C. area.



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