Vice President & Executive Director of Coalitions, Valis Associates, LLC
Maura Valis joined her father on the Valis Team in December 2009. She believes in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation to keep our government working. She brings the eye of a political independent to the Valis team.
Maura plans and runs all of the Valis Coalition events, and serves as the moderator/host for our online programs. Along with coalition work, Maura brings synergy, creativity, patience, and the ability to multitask to the Valis team. Having known Wayne her entire life, Maura’s buoyant sense of humor and tolerance are assets in the Valis Associates workplace.
Years ago, Maura learned that "People are Policy" while working at The Heritage Foundation for four years under Ed Feulner's capable tenure. She edited Heritage’s Insider Newsletter and staffed Heritage's Resource Bank for three years, as well as assisting Ed Meese to run monthly legal roundtable luncheons for three years.
While working hard as a stay-at-home mother raising her children for more than a decade, Maura also did freelance editing; database & office work; babysitting; tutoring; homeschooling; volunteering with civic organizations (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts); teaching as a CCD catechist; and was the Teaching Assistant for Teens and Theatre's summer drama camp (3 years). A lifelong bookworm, Maura spent one glorious year working for the Fairfax County Public Library system as a Children's Library Assistant at the Dolley Madison Branch Library.
She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, with a degree in English Literature (1988). Her junior year was spent at the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland; from that year, both Wayne and Maura deepened their abiding love of Scotland.
In her spare time, Maura is an avid photographer who is working on a children's book; loves strategy and board games; enjoys gentle hikes in local wooded parks; reads voraciously; and spends an inordinate amount of time on YouTube.
Maura and Wayne both promote the essential work of The Gettysburg Foundation, along with the Fairfax County Park Foundation and Westmoreland State Park. Maura also helped her father arrange the North American tour of the 1215 Lincoln Magna Carta. Her deep love of nature, history, and appreciation for our foundations of liberty were learned from parents and grandparents, and strengthened while parenting her own (now grown) children.