Valerie Thomson
Valerie Thomson
Valerie Thomson joined the VRA board in June 2014 as the designee to David Paylor, Director of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Valerie is firmly committed to the protection of the Commonwealth's environmental well being. She has served as the Director of Administration for DEQ since 2003.

In her role at DEQ, Valerie handles a broad portfolio which includes human resources, information technology, finances, clean water financing and environmental enhancement activities. She oversees the Department's financial management system and the Department's budget of more than $250 million. In addition to her financial role, Valerie also developed a performance management system for administrative operations, ensuring that DEQ complies with state regulations.

An accountant by training, Valerie brings her 23 years experience at DEQ to the VRA's Budget and Personnel Committees. In addition to her involvement with the VRA, she serves on both the Chief Information Officer Council and the Customer Advisory Council at the Virginia Information Technology Agency; she is the Co-chair of the Environmental Council of States Planning Committee, and is a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Valerie earned her B.S. in accounting from the University of Richmond in 1984, and her M.B.A. from the University of South Florida in 1990.

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