Valerie A. Lemmie Joins the Kettering Foundation

Valerie A. Lemmie will join the Kettering Foundation as director of exploratory research, effective May 5. “Valerie Lemmie brings a wealth of experience and deep insights about citizens, communities, and institutions that will greatly benefit many areas of the Kettering Foundation’s work,” said David Mathews, president of the Kettering Foundation. “We look forward to her helping us to push our work forward in established areas and to develop new lines of inquiry as well.” Lemmie comes to Kettering after a long and distinguished career in government and public administration. She has served as city manager for the cities of Petersburg, Virginia, as well as Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. Lemmie was also district director for Ohio Congressman Mike Turner, and later served on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, where she was active in state regulatory organizations. She has served as board chair of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), where she continues as NAPA fellow and serves as a member of the Africa Working Group. Most recently, Lemmie served as the director of the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council (EISPC), a recently formed initiative among the 39 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 2 cities located within the Eastern Interconnection Electric Transmission Grid, to evaluate transmission development options throughout the interconnection. As director, her responsibilities included promoting a collaborative environment among EISPC members and stakeholders and managing EISPC’s day-to-day operations. A published author and speaker on public policy and state regulatory issues nationally and internationally, Lemmie earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and urban sociology from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in urban affairs/public policy planning from Washington University. She has completed post-graduate work in economics at Virginia State University and executive leadership programs at Harvard University and the University of Virginia.