Vanessa works on the Community and Convenings team, supporting the curation and care of the Skoll World Forum delegate community. She has been working in the nonprofit field for over nine years developing community engagement and workforce development programs. Most recently, she served as the Communities Manager at Benetech, a Skoll Awardee. Previously, Vanessa worked at the Downtown Women’s Center, where she managed their volunteer program and started three social enterprises (a café, retail store, and product line) that created job training and employment opportunities for homeless women in the Los Angeles Skid Row Community.
Vanessa holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine with a minor in management. She is currently pursuing an MBA from this University of California, Davis. Vanessa enjoys the adventures of parenting two energetic and mischievous kids with her husband. She is passionate about food, community building, and social innovation.