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Vanessa grew up in the Bridle Trails neighborhood and now is raising her family in Downtown Redmond. Before joining the Council, Vanessa served on the City of Redmond’s Planning Commission. She brings experience from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Vanessa spent years working in DC for environmental and international human rights organizations, including the League of Conservation Voters. She currently works at Microsoft, where she has focused on public sector technology that helps make communities healthier, safer, and more sustainable.
Vanessa holds MBA and MPA degrees from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. During graduate school, she was appointed by Governor Inslee to serve as the sole student member of the University of Washington Board of Regents. She loves volunteering and currently serves as a board member for the Anti-Defamation League – Pacific Northwest and the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington.