Valerie Cuffee, MSW, LCSW, CPM
Department of Social Work
Valerie C. Cuffee, licensed clinical social worker and certified public manager, teaches a myriad of foundational and concentration year courses to prepare graduate students for a successful social work career. She came to George Mason having achieved a 27-year social work career providing excellent clinical services; leading and developing 100+ staff; and directing, planning, and evaluating programs to increase safety and improve the lives of children and their families in Arlington County, Virginia, a large urban and ethnically diverse community. She was responsible for $22M state supervised locally administered child care, child welfare, behavioral health, parenting, substance abuse and violence intervention programs and services for children and their families. Additionally, she served as Interim Assistant Director, Department of Human Services and Interim Executive Director of the Arlington Community Services Board.
Highlights of Ms. Cuffee’s accomplishments as Chief of Arlington Child and Family Services include:
- Development of school-based behavioral health services to combat increased student self-reported suicidal ideation, depression, and substance use.
- Co-development and co-leading Project PEACE, a grant-funded community collaborative that addressed domestic violence.
- Securing a Family Unification Program grant to ensure rental of safe and decent housing in the private market for families whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in either imminent placement of the family’s child(ren) in, or delay in the discharge of the child(ren) to the family from out-of-home care; and young adults who left foster care services.
- Increased capacity of ethnically and language diverse child care providers to develop and implement child development curricula.
- Establishment of the Commonwealth’s first local government based Child Advocacy Center to enhance safety and coordinate expedient services to child victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse.
- Recognition statewide as a child and family services leader, serving on program planning and evaluation and staff development committees, testifying before the State Board of Social Services, and participating in hiring panels for State and other local governments.
Ms. Cuffee also led several community development initiatives and served on numerous state and regional strategic planning commissions to make a real difference in the lives of children and their families. Currently, she serves as a Board Member of SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now).
- Certified Public Manager, Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, The George Washington University
- MSW, Norfolk State University
- BA, Psychology, Hampton University