Valerie Dodd

Executive Director, NextLight

City of Longmont, CO

Valerie Dodd is a telecommunications executive with over 25 years’ experience in broadband, telephony, and wireless services.  She currently is the executive director of NextLight - Longmont, Colorado’s gigabit fiber enterprise.
Prior to joining NextLight, Valerie worked at CenturyLink for 18 years serving in numerous roles including Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Vice President and General Manager of New Mexico Operations.  Prior to that, she worked for a start-up CLEC and spent 5 years at Windstream (formerly ALLTEL Communications) helping launch the first iteration of broadband service.
Valerie is an ardent believer in delivering exceptional customer and employee experience while driving operational efficiencies.  She is especially excited about working for the City of Longmont and ensuring that everyone in the community has affordable access to fiber-fast, reliable internet services.
Valerie, a native Arkansan who has a BA in Journalism from the University of Arkansas, loves living and playing in Colorado where she has easy access to hiking, biking, skiing and fly fishing.