Valerie Guste Johnson

President & Founder

About us

 In 2005, Valerie established KEYS as a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization to serve the needs of the homeless.  As an active Allied Member in the Hotel Association of Washington, D.C., Valerie serves an integral, civic role with over 90 members and other corporate leaders serving the hospitality industry to strengthen our communities.  She is a member of Leadership Greater Washington, Class of 2013 and feature articles in National Geographic Traveler, Lodging, Inc. E-Headlights for Hotel Association of Washington, D.C., Good 360, Spring Hill College Alumni Magazine, and newsletters of the 65 non-profit organizations served by KEYS have advanced the efforts for this vital work. Since its inception over a decade ago, Valerie serves full-time in managing all operational and development functions of the organization. She is an honored recipient of the Michele Heidenberger Award by St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families, The Caritas Award by Catholic Charities for her outstanding work in the Nation’s Capitol, and Open Arms Housing for the invaluable services provided to homeless individuals.

Valerie obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and continued graduate studies from Marymount University, (Washington, DC, School of Counseling) and Georgetown University (Enrichment Study, Theological & Liturgical Studies Program). She taught as an Instructional Assistant and substitute teacher in Fairfax County for nearly 10 years.  Prior to her move to Washington in 1988, Valerie co-managed all aspects of operations of a family owned and operated restaurant in Mobile, Alabama for seven years.  She enjoys contemplative walking, smocking and culinary arts!  She is married to Robert Paul Johnson of Bronxville, N.Y. and they are the proud parents of six children, ages 32-42.  Her family of origin is New Orleans, La. where she frequently visits.


Virginia Linen
Adobe Foundation
JBG Companies
Nixon Peabody
The W.O'Neil Foundation
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation
The Hay-Adams
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Fairmont Corporation
Share Fund
Stuart Dean Co., Inc
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
The Greater Washington Community Foundation
OMX Office Movers Express
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