Valencia Gunder

Community Advocate

Biography

Valencia Gunder or as most recognize her, Vee is a very reputable, enthusiastic, self-motivated, driven and extremely inspiring Community Advocate and Organizer who has also officially been branded as; “The Big Mouth of Liberty City”. A Miami Native, Valencia is the Founder of “Make the Homeless Smile Miami and Atlanta”. Valencia also helps with assisting many Community Based Organizations with a variety of events around South Florida and Partners with many Grassroots to assure that there is real change being executed. Valencia who is not an environmentalist has partnered with the CLEO Institution with leading the conversation around Climate awareness in Liberty City, in which they had a community forum that allowed residents and local political figures to have a discussion on concerns around sea level rise, emergency preparedness, and climate gentrification. In 2017 Valencia created the Community Emergency Operation Center alongside her colleagues to respond to low income communities after hurricane Irma her efforts lead to servicing over 21,000 residents in Miami Dade County. Recently being affected by gun violence with losing her God Daughter even through her grief she pulled her community together to stand up to the status quo. And she is not afraid to confront power, Valencia stood up for Mr. Charles Kinsey, and unarmed caretaker of an autistic child, after he was shot by North Miami Police Department. To combat gun and police violence Valencia was the first Miamian to be award the Soros justice Fellowship to complete her project “Because I want to Live” which is rapid response toolkit to decrease gun/police violence. She has spoken and gave presentations around the country; UCLA on Climate Gentrification, in Detroit on Decriminalizing communities. She’s been featured on the Root: The Color of Climate, The Rundown with Robin Thede in BET on Climate Gentrification, and on The BET hip Hop Awards for her service to the homeless. Valencia has been fighting alongside the residents of her community to reassure they receive fair treatment and make sure that they are not forgotten about.