Discovering better ways to solve social problems

Valerie Bockstette

    Managing Director

valerie.bockstette@fsg.org
@VBockstette

Overview

Valerie has over 13 years of experience in advising leading organizations in Europe and the US on issues of strategy, evaluation, and organizational capacity.

Role at FSG

Valerie is part of the FSG leadership team and has worked in both the US and European offices. Her work has spanned FSG’s impact areas, with projects focused on microfinance, agricultural development, education, health, and the environment. Recent clients include UBS, SAP, Novartis, Syngenta, HP, the European Climate Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Oak Foundation. Valerie has co-authored several FSG papers, most recently a how-to-guide for implementing shared value and a study of school turnaround practices in Berlin and New York City. She is a frequent contributor to FSG’s Creating Shared Value and Social Impact blogs. Valerie’s blogs on shared value have appeared in The Guardian, Forbes India, and the Harvard Business Review.

Before FSG

Prior to FSG, Valerie served as the Managing Director of New Sector Alliance, a small nonprofit consulting firm connecting the talents of students and professionals to the strategic needs of social enterprises. Between her undergraduate and graduate school studies, Valerie worked for three years in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Credit Suisse in both New York and Frankfurt, Germany.

Education

  • Harvard Business School, MBA, George F. Baker Scholar
  • Brown University, BA, magna cum laude, International Relations and Economics

Languages

  • German
  • English

On Working at FSG

"I am at FSG because I believe wholeheartedly in our mission of discovering better ways to solve social problems. Being surrounded every day by people, be it colleagues or clients, who share my passion for making a difference in the world, is invigorating beyond words. Further, I am constantly humbled and challenged by my ever-changing role: depending on the hour of the day I am a learner, a teacher, an advocate, a trusted advisor, a change agent, a peer, a consultant, a mentor, a researcher, a presenter, or a writer. In the last year alone, I’ve worked on projects ranging in focus from climate change to microinsurance, from philanthropy in Switzerland to economic opportunity in India, from global health challenges to domestic education reform. No day is ever the same and I am grateful that I’ve found a place where I can apply my analytical skills to issues that really matter."

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