Kyosho Valorie Beer
has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991, and was ordained as a priest by her teacher, Edward Brown, in 2005. She lived at Green Gulch Farm beginning in 2003 and is now a resident at City Center. Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a twenty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area. After serving as the San Francisco Zen Center Corporate Secretary, she became the City Center ino in September 2012.