Most recently Val was associate director of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (CDC), where her focus was on building public-private coalitions to serve the community. Much of Val’s policy work has been in healthcare and housing, two critical issues for the LGBTQ community Greater Boston PFLAG serves. In addition to her work at the Allston Brighton CDC, Frias served as Policy Director for Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Senior Health Policy Analyst for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, General Counsel for Massachusetts State Senator Mark Montigny, Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Counsel to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, as well as several other campaign roles and private law practice experience over the course of her career. Val earned her Juris Doctor degree at Northeastern University School of Law in 1999 and her B.A. with honors from Tufts University.
“Val understands the unique challenges and circumstances that members of the Greater Boston LGBTQ community face, and she has the compassion and experience to be a strong advocate on their behalf,” said Attorney General Maura Healey. “She has worked hard for many years on important issues of equality and I congratulate her on her appointment as Executive Director of this important organization.”