Ms. Nelida Valentin ('86)

Ms. Nelida ValentinMs. Valentin has been a member of the Stockton Board of Trustees since 2016.  She is the Vice President of Grants and Programs for the Princeton Area Community Foundation (PACF) in Lawrenceville, NJ.  Prior to PACF, she served as Director of Cluster and Business Development at NJIT’s Innovation Institute, and was the former Executive Director of the Newark Workforce Investment Board.  Nelida has a unique perspective as an alumna with expertise in leadership development, grant-making, community service, Hispanic affairs, social and economic development initiatives, and programs connecting students to the workforce.

Ms. Valentin is a 1986 alumna of Stockton State College (now Stockton University), where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies.  She also holds a Master of Arts in Political Science/Public Policy from Rutgers University.  She has taught several master’s level courses on Leadership and Diversity as an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers-Newark, and is a certified LIFO facilitator.  Her interest in leadership development led to the Kennedy School of Government for a certificate series on the Practice of Leadership Development. 

She’s extremely honored to serve on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater; and believes deeply in access to higher education and diversity. Stockton provided an environment which allowed her to grow and experience education with as wide a lens as possible.  Her experience and degree from Stockton led to additional higher education opportunities and a career trajectory full of challenging and positive career growth experiences.  

Ms. Valentin is resident of Trenton, New Jersey.