Jackson, MS – The Phi Theta Kappa Foundation has named alumna Valerie Baldwin of Washington, D.C., and Emily Froimson of Virginia, as members of the Board of Trustees. The Foundation’s mission is to secure financial resources to support the values, vision, and priorities of Phi Theta Kappa.
Baldwin is currently the Staff Assistant to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. She is an alumna and served as Phi Theta Kappa National President from 1980-1981.
Baldwin was nominated in 2004 by President George W. Bush to be Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller). Receiving Senate confirmation in July 2004, she served until October 2006 and as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army until April 2007. Baldwin previously served eight years on the Appropriations Committee of the United States House of Representatives, spending almost four years as Clerk of the Military Construction Subcommittee.
She also served as a staff assistant on the Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Subcommittees; as Legislative Counsel to the Housing Subcommittee of the Financial Services Committee; and as a trial attorney at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Earlier in her career, Baldwin was a legislative assistant on the staffs of Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum and Senator John Glenn.
She received her law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law, her masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, her bachelors degree from Wichita State University, and her associate degree from Seward County Community College.
Baldwin has also served on the Board of Directors of DataPath, Inc., a subsidiary of Rockwell Collins, and on the Board of Directors of the Military Child Education Coalition.
As Vice President of Programs for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Froimson is responsible for ensuring the high quality of programs and services provided to the Foundations 1,800 active and alumni Scholars and working with Foundation staff to develop quality grant programming in furtherance of the Foundations unique mission. She previously served as senior director of scholar programs and director of higher education programs for the Foundation.
Her expertise focuses on transfer pathways for high-achieving, low-income community college students. She has served on the board of directors of the National Scholarship Providers Association since 2008, where she is currently president-elect.
Froimsons experiences before joining the Foundation included serving as executive director of the Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk Foundation, a grassroots agency providing mentoring and after-school programs to high-risk youth, and working as a private attorney with two national law firms.
Prior to joining the Foundation staff, she pursued a doctorate in justice and social inquiry, and worked as a faculty associate at Arizona State University teaching courses in research methods and justice studies. She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law and her bachelors degree from Swarthmore College.
See a complete list of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation’s Board of Trustees online.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.