Valerie Pacino hails from a small town in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. After graduating from UC Irvine with a degree in history, she moved to Busan, South Korea, taught English to kindergarteners, housewives, and business executives, and wrote a wildly popular ESL curriculum. Valerie moved to Seattle in 2008 and earned a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Washington. For the last few years, she has worked on climate justice, resilience, and community engagement at the City of Seattle. In her free time, Valerie enjoys reading mystery novels, pulverizing the competition in her fantasy hockey league, and exploring Cascadia with her husband, dog, and new baby.

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