Vanessa is from Redwood City and grew up in East Palo Alto. She graduated from the University of California, Merced in 2018. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Throughout her college career, Vanessa knew she wanted to return to the community she grew up in and be an agent of positive change, more specifically in the education section. Most recently, Vanessa was the Program Coordinator for Year Up, a workforce development focusing on IT for young adults. Vanessa is excited to continue helping and serving the East Palo Alto community.