About Valerie Biden Owens
Valerie Biden Owens is one of the first women in the United States to have managed a modern U.S. Senatorial campaign, as well as a Presidential campaign. Valerie has led every campaign in her brother Joe Biden’s political career, including his seven straight U.S. Senate victories and his run for two Democratic Presidential nominations. She also has been his principle surrogate on the campaign trail. A 2008 New York Times article quotes David Wade, then Mr. Biden’s press secretary, as saying Valerie “is absolutely his political alter-ego and confidante.” And as Vice President Biden wrote, his trust in his sister is complete. “She has been my best friend my entire life”, Mr. Biden wrote in his autobiography, Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics.
In the fall semester of 2014, Valerie was named a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she wrote and taught a course titled “Politics – Up Close and Personal.” In March of 2015, Harvard University Law School honored Valerie Biden Owens as one of the 50 “Women Inspiring Change” from around the world. She delivered a highly acclaimed keynote address at the awards event at Harvard.
Valerie has also worked as a consultant with Women’s Campaign International for over 18 years to teach women in emerging democracies how to organize and develop communication and political skills. Their mission is to work with women leaders in government and business who are the vanguards of change in their respective nations and communities. These emerging women leaders were anxious to catch up with their male colleagues on the specific skills needed to succeed in what is for them a less traditional role outside the home.