Valerie is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, which was released as a major motion picture of the same name starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. Her first fictional spy thriller written with Sarah Lovett, Blowback was published by Penguin in the fall of 2013. The second book in the series, Burned, came out in late 2014.
Valerie narrated and appeared in the critically acclaimed documentary on the dangers of nuclear proliferation, Countdown to Zero and is an active member of the Global Zero Leadership board.
Valerie has done extensive public speaking throughout the country and internationally on issues including nuclear proliferation, women in intelligence, and the NSA revelations. She has written for Newsweek, CNN, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, as well as The Guardian. Valerie serves as Director of Community Outreach at the Santa Fe Institute, a nonprofit research think tank dedicated to multidisciplinary collaboration in the sciences. She serves on the boards of United Way of Santa Fe County, the Ploughshares Fund, Postpartum Support International, Starling Trust, and Global Data Sentinel.
Valerie has a Bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband, retired Ambassador Joe Wilson, and their two children.