Valerie Walsh Valdes (born April 10, 1966) is an executive producer at Nickelodeon. She is best known for co-creating the global phenomenon, Dora the Explorer, as well as Go, Diego, Go! and Dora and Friends: Into the City! She has won a Peabody Award for Outstanding Children's Programming, in addition to multiple NAACP Image Awards, Imagen Awards, and Parents Choice Award, Silver and Bronze. As a executive producer, she has produced more than 300 half hours of animated television, seen in over 150 countries and translated into 30 languages. Her work has been highly approved for synthesizing interactivity with traditional narrative storytelling to create good empowering adventures. With creating three original shows for Nickelodeon: Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, and Dora and Friends: Into the City!, she is one of the creators who knows what it feels like to have a creative vision explode into a worldwide phenomena.