Ventures Welcomes Monique Valenzuela as the New Executive Director

New leader brings a record of nonprofit leadership, public service, and business ownership.

Seattle, WA – Ventures, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization focused on poverty alleviation through small business ownership, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Monique Valenzuela as the new Executive Director, marking an exciting new chapter for the organization. Valenzuela brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the region’s economy to her new role.

Valenzuela has served as the Executive Director of The Youth Maritime Foundation and CEO of their affiliate companies and brings a depth of service and leadership experience. Valenzuela previously served as Chair of the Tacoma Utility Board, setting policy and managing a $2 billion biennial budget. Valenzuela has demonstrated exceptional leadership and visionary thinking as an award-winning restaurant owner and as an instructor with Clover Park Technical College, a valuable experience which will surely benefit Ventures’ clients who aspire to establish their own businesses. 

“I am honored and beyond excited to join the Board of Directors and dedicated staff. Their collective efforts, foresight, and guidance have set the stage for continued success at Ventures,” exclaimed Valenzuela. “This incredible opportunity allows me to fuel my passion for startups while cultivating dreams, empowering individuals, and fostering a thriving ecosystem for the future.”

Valenzuela will spearhead Ventures’ ongoing mission to empower individuals with limited resources and unlimited potential through small business ownership. As Ventures welcomes Monique Valenzuela as the new Executive Director, the organization is poised to embark on expanding its mission of empowering individuals and fostering economic growth, and making a lasting difference in the community with the launch of new initiatives like the Small Business Innovation Assistance Program (SBIA) in partnership with Snohomish County and Connect Casino Road.

“Monique’s personal connections to Ventures’ mission, her experience as a small business owner, and her leadership in the nonprofit sector align perfectly with the board’s vision for expanding Ventures’ impact,” said Lisa Taylor, Ventures board Executive Search Committee Lead. “We are excited to work with her as Ventures embarks on a new phase of growth.”

About Ventures: Ventures is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive toolbox of resources to equip low-income entrepreneurs to build bridges out of poverty through small business ownership. Since 1995, Ventures has served more than 7,500 entrepreneurs with training, coaching, and other support, including more than $1.4 million in loans with a repayment rate near 100%.

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