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Founding Director, Valerie Guste Johnson, KEYS for the Homeless Joins Leadership Greater Washington

Leadership Greater Washington (LGW) is a primer leadership organizan committed to strengthening the Washington DC community by promoting dialogue, collaboration, and synergy among a selective and diverse group of area leaders. LGW empowers leaders to build relationships across geopolitical and geographical boundaries in order to find effective solutions to regional challenges. With the confident support of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Arch-Bishop Emeritus of Washington DC, Mr. Hans Bruland, Vice President and General Manager of The Hay-Adams hotel, and Mr. Michael J. Cooney, Esq., Nixon Peabody, LLP, Valerie Guste Johnson, founding Director of KEYS for the Homeless Foundation, was selected to participate in LGW’s Signature Program. Honored to be “Living the Dream, 2013”, Valerie, joined top decision makers from leading corporations, outstanding non-profit leaders, and individuals who serve our community with philanthropic aspirations in a 10 month leadership program to participate in intensive discussions on regional issues and challenges. LGW’s Signature Program offered an extraordinary opportunity for Valerie to connect with Washington DC leaders who are passionate about creating positive change in our region.

Washington DC is a leading Capitol city, and thrives because of the power of people building relationships and working together. KEYS for the Homeless Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of thousands because it enables people to build strategic, sustainable, and mutually beneficial relationships. Inspired and motivated by the personal and professional endeavors of her classmates, Valerie is sure that LGW’s dynamic resources and programming efforts will “Rock Our World.” Through LGW’s stellar network of more than 1400 senior-level regional leaders, Valerie will work to build relationships that enable positive change, strengthen the Greater Washington DC region, and provide for the basic everyday needs of those members of our community living in poverty or transitioning from homelessness towards self-sufficiency.

Loretta E. Johnson
August 30, 2013

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