- Lead Smart CoachingPrincipal, present
- Valerie Brown, EsqLeadership and Executive Coach and Mediator, present
Valerie Brown, an attorney, is an independent lobbyist associated with TTP Government Relations ( http://www.njttp.org/) and a seasoned professional in federal and state government relations. A non-profit executive, Ms. Brown served for nearly twenty years as Legislative Counsel for the New Jersey Bar Association, representing more than 20,000 lawyers and for two years as Chief Counsel for Legislation and Regulation for Legal Services of New Jersey, representing representing those from New Jersey - low income earners and consumers. Prior to her representation of the legal community, Ms. Brown advocated on behalf of New Jersey’s K-12 educators and public colleges. Her government relations career began as an analyst with the New Jersey State Legislature.
In addition to her admission to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ms. Brown is a registered Government Affairs Agent, and a NJ Supreme Court-trained mediator. As a certified Executive and Leadership Coach through Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program, she is principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in leadership coaching of K-12 charter and independent schools.
Ms. Brown’s writings on legislation and government relations have been published in the American Bar Association (ABA) Bar Leader and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Association Management Magazine. She served on the West Education Law Reporter for more than ten years. Her most recent book, Lobbying for Lawyers, is co-authored with Gregory Nagy, Esq. and published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2010
As a lobbyist, Ms. Brown works with leaders, senior executives, organizations and teams who want access to government leaders to promote organizational and societal transformation. Her charitable works include support for Right Sharing of World Resources, advancing grassroots projects for economic development worldwide. Ms. Brown is married to John Strachan and is a long-time resident of Lambertville, NJ, now residing in New Hope, PA.
- Georgetown UniversityCertificate: Leadership Coaching Program, 2011
- Howard UniversityJ.D., 1982
- Miami UniversityMA Political Science, 1979
- John Jay College of Criminal JusticeBA, 1978