Valerie C. Nellen

Partner, Practice Leader, Executive Development


Dr. Valerie Nellen is a partner in the Los Angeles office and serves as leader of RHR’s Executive Development practice area. She has two decades of experience driving business performance improvements that are grounded in equal parts psychological insight and best-practice business processes. She has expertise in the technology, healthcare, and service industries, and has cross-industry capabilities in post-M&A assessment, integration, and leadership development.

Prior to joining RHR International, Valerie was a consultant, educator, and corporate executive with a focus on the assessment and development of key leaders and senior teams. She has designed comprehensive education and development programs for rising executives, led succession planning design and rollout, and facilitated leadership teams through critical decisions and processes.

Valerie received a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Harvard University, where she earned a John Harvard Scholarship and Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Scholarship for academic distinction. She subsequently earned a doctorate in counseling psychology, specialty in organizational development, from Virginia Commonwealth University.