Valerie Barton

Valerie Barton, Executive Director

Executive Director

Valerie Barton joined the Youth Mental Health Project in 2021 after many years working in leadership roles in the healthcare sector. Her experience spans government service, consulting, and digital health. Throughout her career, Valerie has advised health systems, life sciences companies, and advocacy organizations on data-driven strategies for improving care delivery and the patient experience.

In addition to her work at the YMHP, she has served on many not-for-profit boards that work to improve care for underserved populations and those coping with mental health challenges and substance use disorders.

Valerie was drawn to the Youth Mental Health Project because of her own experiences of isolation, pain, and fear as the mother of a child who struggles with his mental health. She is energized by the mission of the YMHP and is driven by making it easier for parents and caregivers to meet the needs of their children through high-quality support and resources.

Valerie currently serves on the board of Micah House, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization that runs a group home for women transitioning out of substance use treatment into independent lives and on the Advisory Board for Sepsis Alliance.

In her free time, she enjoys yoga, reading, traveling and spending time with her husband, teenage son, and rambunctious Boston Terrier named Tobey at their Maryland home.