Twenty-Five Year Career Leading People, Processes, Projects, Supplier Diversity and MBE/WBE/DBE Business Development
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – October 23, 2014. Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC) has today announced the appointment of Valarie J. Cofield as EMSDC’s chief executive officer which became effective October 8, 2014. Ms. Cofield brings 25 years of leadership abilities and relevant supplier diversity experience to her new role at the recently restructured EMSDC (formerly PA-NJ-DE MSDC and WP MSDC). Ms. Cofield replaces Geoffrey Kent, an EMSDC Board member, who served as interim CEO of EMSDC since April, 2014.
“We welcome Valarie’s experience and leadership to EMSDC,” said Darryl Husenits, EMSDC’s Board chairman and vice president M&SCM of CONSOL Energy, Inc. “Her results-oriented approach and ability to think strategically will play a pivotal role in moving the newly restructured council forward. In her new role as chief executive, she will also be responsible for growing membership and increasing services to corporate and MBE members. “I am excited to be part of the new EMSDC. My focus for the coming year will be to continue the great work that has been done by the individual councils prior to the restructuring, begin to build and brand the new EMSDC, and coalesce the resources of both offices to improve services to our corporate members and MBEs,” said Ms. Cofield.
“I am excited to be part of the new EMSDC. My focus for the coming year will be to continue the great work that has been done by the individual councils prior to the restructuring, begin to build and brand the new EMSDC, and coalesce the resources of both offices to improve services to our corporate members and MBEs,” said Ms. Cofield. “I am looking forward to working with the Board, executive team, and staff to set a solid direction and vision for the Council. Together, I know we can do this.”
Ms. Cofield‘s background includes expertise in the area of supplier diversity and MBE/WBE/DBE business development, working with employers and clients from Washington, DC to Newark, NJ, including INTECH Construction, as diversity and community director. Most recently, at INTECH, Ms. Cofield had chief oversight of INTECH’s Diversity Program, both internally and externally. She was instrumental in INTECH capturing the 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009 General Building Contractors Association’s Commitment to Diversity Award.
Her background also includes serving as legislative specialist for Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, and certification and airport programs manager for the City of Philadelphia Minority Business Enterprise Council. Ms. Cofield also worked with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Westfield Concession Management, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and Contract Compliance, Inc. She also served as a member on the Education and Equal Business Access committees of the General Building Contractors Association.
A staunch advocate of community service, Ms. Cofield has served as committee person of Philadelphia’s 22nd Ward, Board member of Philadelphia Habitat for Humanity, member of the Philadelphia Board of Labor Standards, and currently an active member of Girl Scouts serving as Girl Scout Leader of a multilevel troop.
Ms. Cofield earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.