Valerie Lancaster-Beal is a financial professional with extensive management and executive experience in finance, corporate governance, credit and financial analysis. In 2014, Ms. Lancaster-Beal founded VLB Associates, a management consulting firm that provides financial and operational advisory services to middle-market businesses, investment firms and non-profit organizations. In this capacity, she previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Odyssey Media from 2015 to 2021, and as the Chief Administrative and Finance Director of the Hedge Fund Data Capital Management from 2015 to 2017.
From April 1988, until 2014, Ms. Lancaster-Beal served as Managing Director at M.R. Beal & Company, which she co-founded. Prior to founding M.R. Beal, Ms. Lancaster-Beal was a Senior Vice President of Drexel Burnham Lambert and Vice President of Citicorp Investment Bank. Ms.
Lancaster-Beal has served as an Independent Director, Chair and member of the Nominating, Governance and Audit committees of Barings, BDC Inc. and its predecessor, Sierra Income Corporation, a non-traded business development company (BDC) sponsored by Medley LLC (NYSE:MCC)
Committed to service and impact, Ms. Lancaster-Beal has served on the Boards of Trustees of the City University of New York, the Board of Directors of KIPP NYC, and the Board of Regents of Georgetown University.
Ms. Lancaster-Beal holds a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.