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. Academic and Training Background
: Valorie holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Education from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Anthropology from The George Washington University. Her professional career spanned two decades in human resources and organizational development, with a focus on group facilitation and management development.
At SFZC, Valorie has been Shuso, is a teacher for Sewing Buddha's Robe, has also taught sutra copying, practicing with aging, and writing as a spiritual practice, and has led retreats at SFZC-affiliated sanghas.