Valerie Davis was born and raised in Fresno and graduated from Bullard High School in 1977. She received her B.A. and Teaching Credential from California State University, Fresno in 1983. Prior to her elected seat on the Board of Education, she worked for Fresno Unified since she was 18 years old. She was a teacher's aide, Music teacher, Inter-session kinder/first grade teacher, substitute and Summer School English Teacher.