Kori graduated from California State University, Fresno, where she received an athletic scholarship for tennis. At Fresno State, she received a Bachelors of Science degree in Construction Engineering and was a member of the International Construction Honor Society, Sigma Lambda Chi. She has been in the construction industry since 1992 and since that time has successfully managed the completion of projects ranging in size from $1 million to $200 million. She has managed many types of projects including public schools, private schools, parks, medical office buildings, medical clinics, hospitals, prisons, retail, office, industrial, hospitality, assisted living, and multi-use projects. Kori has experience in all aspects of the construction process, from concept through completion.