Vanessa earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from Cal Poly Humboldt (formally known as Humboldt State University). After college, she served as an AmeriCorps at Friends of the Dunes in Arcata, California. During her time at this non-profit organization, she cultivated a passion for the conservation and protection of natural resources and ecosystems. She recognizes the inherent connection that exists between underrepresented communities and their natural surroundings. Vanessa is thrilled to be working with an organization that encompasses her values and vision of creating opportunities and empowering individuals. During her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and bird watching in San Diego.