Valerie is a marketing coordinator at Kikkoman. She works within the foodservice and industrial channels, as well as in new product strategy. Previously, she received her MS in Food Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo under the USDA National Needs Fellowship program. Her thesis was on the optimization of oil extractions from tomato and peach seed wastes and analyzing nutritional components and economic profitability of the oils. Her BA was in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley. She has authored research publications on the topics of oil chemistry and food microbiology.