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After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, I studied briefly in Paris before returning to the Bay Area, doing freelance editing, and writing book reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Review of Books, and Pacific Sun magazine. Then my career took a turn.


For 16 years I was executive director of a nationally-certified crisis intervention and suicide prevention center. I also have been executive director of three university-run counseling centers, and deputy director of a multi-county social service agency. For my work, I received a special commendation from the California Legislature and was chosen to carry the Olympic torch. 

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