Valerie Eguavoen is a creative consultant, lawyer, and social justice advocate, writer and speaker. She created ON A CURVE to uplift her culture and experiences - it is a platform dedicated to changing the culture of the creative industry. She is also the founder of YOU BELONG NOW, a movement and newly formed non-profit organization, focusing on educating a new generation of content creators and fostering their commitment to social justice.
Valerie was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Santa Barbara, with a double major in Political Philosophy and in Black Studies. In 2014, she received a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law.
Valerie has committed her career to public service and social justice work. In 2015, she joined the Voter Protection and Education Justice program at Advancement Project in Washington, DC. There, she served as a member of the litigation team representing the North Carolina NAACP in NAACP v. McCrory, the landmark case that challenged and struck down the 2013 “monster” voter suppression bill. Valerie also supported grass-roots organizations by providing data analysis on racial disparities in school discipline and developing strategies to combat the school-to-prison pipeline.
In 2016, Valerie joined Forward Justice as a Legal Fellow in Durham, North Carolina. She supported advocacy efforts within local and state government agencies and engaged in voter protection work for rural counties during the 2016 election season. Most recently, Valerie served as the legal coordinator for Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
Valerie is one of Vogue’s 2018 “VOGUE 100 STREET STYLE". Her work has been featured in Forbes.com, Vogue.com, Business of Fashion, Essence.com, Refinery 29, and many other notable publications.