Valeta Prendergast Chair – Grants Committee
Valeta Prendergast is a seasoned nonprofit professional with over 15 years of experience working in finance and budgeting, contracts and procurement, vendor relations, travel risk management and safety and security. In May 2018 Valeta decided to pursue a lifelong dream of owning her own company and launched The VP Approach; a consultancy firm dedicated to helping nonprofits and corporations that have social responsibility programs with donor prospecting, grant writing, researching, general writing and editing as well as budget analysis. Valeta works diligently with key decision makers within an organization to manage projects so they can achieve success in furthering their mission.
Born on the sunny island of Jamaica, Valeta immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was three years old. Growing up in the Northeast Bronx with her close-knit and extended family, Valeta learned the value of hard work, dedication and compassion. It’s these life lessons that continue to drive her each day. In 2004 she received a BA with a double major in English Literature and World History from Hunter College. That same year, she won the highly competitive Clark Fellowship Award through NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service while simultaneously obtaining a Master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Planning, all while working full-time for an international nonprofit organization.
In her downtime, Valeta enjoys spending quality time with her husband and family, volunteering for her favorite charities, traveling, painting, writing poetry, reading mystery novels, watching horror movies and taking acting classes.