"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella

Valerie Uccellani

Owner, Senior Partner

Valerie Uccellani is a specialist in designing events and programs to best engage individuals and organizations in productive and practical learning.  Val has managed a wide range of projects in the United States and in 17 other countries.

Country experiences, by region, include:  Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Egypt, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras;  Bangladesh; Portugal, Spain, Italy; urban and rural United States.

Val is a creative designer. She doesn’t pull materials off a shelf and make them fit the situation at hand. Rather, Val examines the needs and strengths of a group, draws on what’s worked well in the past, and creates something new to best suit each unique group and situation.

Val has been designing and facilitating learning events for more than thirty years. By working with such a diversity of groups, in a wide variety of situations, Val has become quite skilled at planning and facilitating events with ease and comfort.  Recent clients include the following:

  • Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Neighborhood Trust, New York City
  • Micro Finance Opportunities, Washington, D.C.
  • ASPCA, New York City
  • Save the Children/USAID, Ethiopia
  • Farm Radio International, Canada/ Pan Africa
  • Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
  • Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans
  • Women, Infant, and Children Program, California.
  • Academy for Educational Development / FHI 360

Valerie and her husband, Chris, are devoted to their six-year old daughter and two big dogs who are a big part of the family. She keeps her energy and creative juices flowing by walking in the park, doing yoga, dancing, and swimming. She is a lifetime beginner piano player.

What people are saying

[Valerie’s] ability to design and deliver training sessions and facilitate meetings is extraordinary. She approaches every task in an extremely thoughtful way and ensures that every person who participates in a training session or meeting is engaged and has the opportunity to contribute. She makes every interaction, whether with a group or an individual, extremely productive.  Valerie is respectful of everyone with whom she works.

~ LaDonna Pavetti, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


Val is a miracle-worker!  She's creative, committed, and smart. We couldn't have done it without her.

~ Justine Zinkin, CEO, Neighborhood Trust

Valerie Uccellani