Maurizio Valerio

Field Coordinator


Works in the field to represent the Foundation throughout rural Oregon and Siskiyou County; supports all of the Foundation’s work at the local community level. 

How to Contact Me:

e-mail: [email protected] phone: (541) 519-3902

Maurizio Valerio came to the Foundation in June 2016 from Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) where he facilitated leadership programs for nine years. While there, he also  piloted a coaching program for rural organizations and individuals in Eastern Oregon.

Prior to his work at RDI, Maurizio founded and managed Top Rated Adventures, a book/web publishing company that created a consumer-rated system for outdoor adventures and taught cultural tourism at the University of Verona, Italy. As a ranch owner in Northeast Oregon he has managed a horse and cattle operation; he is currently involved in a long-term forest stewardship plan.

As a field coordinator for The Ford Family Foundation, he works to build trusting relationships with community stakeholders to support long-term, sustainable action. He helps connect communities to resources from the Foundation and other sources. 

Maurizio has a Ph.D. from the University of Parma, Italy, in natural sciences, and a master's degree in zoology from the University of California Berkeley. He was appointed by the governor of Oregon to serve on the Oregon Arts Commission and is a volunteer hunter education instructor for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Maurizio is a graduate of the Ford Institute Leadership Program.

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