Associate Editor Valerie Schloredt joined YES! in the summer of 2010. She grew up in Seattle, studied English and journalism at the University of Washington, then moved to the U.K. During the 25 years she lived in London, she worked as a writer, communications manager, and editor, most recently promoting reform of criminal justice policy. She also raised a daughter, created a garden, renovated a flat, and organized a leaseholder’s association. Valerie is delighted that her position at YES! is an opportunity to learn more about, and contribute to, grassroots movements for sustainability and social justice.