Sr. VP, Civic Innovations
Vanessa serves in a dual role as Director of HandsOn Greater Richmond leading the strategy and operations of Central Virginia’s volunteer action center and civic engagement initiatives. She also serves as Vice President of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence where her focus is on facilitating regional partnerships and helping to support internal operations across programs.
Vanessa’s lifelong passion has been focused on helping youth and adults engage by finding individual solutions to critical community issues. Previously she directed Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Service-Learning Program where she developed partnerships between faculty and community organizations to help ensure that VCU courses include community service components.
Before moving to the Richmond region, Vanessa was the Assistant Director of Northwest Service Academy’s Portland, OR office where she was responsible for operations, training, and leadership of over 200 AmeriCorps service members. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University and her Master of Public Administration degree from VCU.