Valerie Fletcher has been the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design since 1998. Valerie currently oversees a wide range of projects including a global web-based collection of case studies of universal design in the built environment, demonstration projects for a public school, and a community development initiative that pairs universal design and environmental sustainability with research focused on features for people with sensory or brain-based functional issues.
Fletcher also lectures and writes internationally. She is the Principal Investigator for the New England ADA Center, a project of IHCD. Fletcher’s career has been divided between design and public mental health.
She is the former Deputy Commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health where she directed the reinvestment of $70 million in institutional spending to new community programs through a landmark community planning process.
Valerie Fletcher has a Masters in Ethics in Public Policy from Harvard University. The Boston Society of Architects awarded Fletcher their Woman in Design award in 2005.
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