Valerie is a Community Science Coordinator who joined the museum in 2022. Her love for botany started at a young age when her parents opted to take her to a botanical garden one year for her birthday. Valerie uses her experience in advocacy and botany to help connect people with the natural world.
She earned her B.S. in Biology at Cal Poly Pomona and looks forward to making science more accessible through her work with the community science office.