Valerie Shaffer is passionate about politics, public policy and coalition building. She has nearly a decade of experience in campaigns and government on the local, state and national level. Most recently Valerie served former Mayor Jenn Daniels where she managed day-to-day operations and policy priorities of the Mayor’s Office for the 5th largest municipality in Arizona. She executed town wide projects and built strong relationships with elected officials, education leaders extending to the nonprofit and business community. Valerie served as liaison to national and regional coalitions for the Town of Gilbert. She managed constituent outreach efforts and hosted stakeholder meetings and large scale events, including the East Valley Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Valerie supported the Mayor in addressing controversial issues and establishing new initiatives, including the creation of the Gilbert Veterans Advisory Board.
Prior to her experience in local government, Valerie served in Governor Doug Ducey’s administration from 2015 to 2018 as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs and legislative liaison for the Arizona Lottery. In these roles, Valerie researched, drafted and oversaw the passage of statewide legislation. She hired and managed teams in support of the success of the Governor’s legislative agenda. Valerie briefed the Governor on legislation and was responsible for tracking and having a general knowledge of hundreds of bills moving through the legislative process. In addition, she worked on a number of special projects for the Governor.
Valerie began her political career on the Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate campaign and served as a congressional intern in his Washington D.C. office in 2013. Valerie was appointed to the Arizona Board of Regents by Governor Jan Brewer in 2013 and approved by the Arizona State Senate. As Student Regent, Valerie represented over 120,000 students on the governing board for Arizona’s public universities, providing policy guidance on academic and student affairs, financial programs, strategic plans, and more. Valerie’s reputation and credibility led her to an opportunity to run the Southern Arizona office for the Doug Ducey for Governor campaign in 2014.
Valerie is an alumni of the University of Arizona where she studied Political Science. She is a graduate of the Gilbert Leadership program, Class XXVIII. Valerie volunteers for her church and for the Irish community in Phoenix. She was selected as the 2017 Young Ambassador for the Friend’s of St. Patrick, Arizona Chapter and serves as Vice President of the nonprofit organization. She loves to dance, hike and travel with her husband, Tim.