Valerie earned an B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and then spent over 15 years helping to build high-tech companies in the US and Europe. More recently she has turned to her lifelong passion for animals and has been working full time with animals for the last five years doing medical and behavioral work in animal shelters. She also earned an M.A. in Animal Studies at NYU in 2019.