Valerie Rainford

Head of Advancing Black Leaders and Diversity Advancement Strategies, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Valerie Irick Rainford is head of Advancing Black Leaders & Diversity Advancement Strategies at JPMorgan Chase. As a member of the Human Resources Operating Committee, Valerie is charged with partnering with the firm’s Operating Committee and Head of Talent Management & Diversity, to deliver increased focus on attracting, hiring, retaining and advancing top black talent at all levels of the organization. Celebrating three years in this role, the first of its kind, Valerie has leveraged her masterful problem-solving skills to achieve historic results. She has created transformative strategies that have yielded impressive gains, which include increasing JPMorgan Chase’s black senior executive talent by over 70% and black students by nearly 30%. Valerie takes best practices from the foundational work done to promote leadership and advancement within the black community to other diverse communities in the firm.

Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Valerie served at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for 21 years where she rose to become the most senior black woman and the first ever to achieve a Senior Vice President title.

Valerie recently announced her decision to leave JPMorgan Chase at the end of the year to launch her own consulting practice dedicated to advancing black talent across companies and industries, looking to multiply her successes in moving the needle for black professional talent. She will transition to becoming a consultant for JPMorgan Chase as they continue to build on the foundation that she built there.

Valerie has penned an award-winning international memoir “Until the Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman’s Courageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium”. She sits on the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, Fordham University and is a board member of the Executive Leadership Council – the preeminent organization for the development of global black leaders; is a founding member of the Black Women for Black Girls Giving Circle; and co-founder and board chair of Black Women of Influence.

Valerie is the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership and commitment to the community including: Diversity Bold Move Award, Diverse and Engaged; Most Powerful Women in Business, Black Enterprise and 25 Most Influential Women in Business, The Network Journal.

Valerie received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Fordham University – Rose Hill.