State Director, Advocacy
Since putting on a smokestack costume in college to protest a polluting power plant, Vanessa has been hooked on community organizing and loves helping others engage their communities in passing policies. As part of the American Lung Association in California Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing for the past 10 years, Vanessa has traveled many of the back roads of California working with local advocates on their tobacco control campaigns. Now as the State Director for the past 2 years she leads statewide efforts to promote tobacco policy change. Prior to joining the Lung Association Vanessa worked as a community organizer for the Alaska Wilderness League, PennPIRG and Connecticut Voices for Children. To get herself ready for a big day of community organizing Vanessa loves to do a crossfit workout and bake (& taste) “paleo” cupcakes. To learn more about Vanessa check out the ABC’s of Vanessa.