Vanessa is a former TV anchor with a passion for community-based storytelling. She loves journalism, culture, and believes in living an integrated life.

Since 2015, Vanessa has been building the first bilingual, Spanish-English newsroom for journalism students at the University of Nevada, Reno, an innovative program made possible by the Online News Association Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education.

Prior to working in higher education, Vanessa worked as a digital strategist for renown brands including Autodesk, Newport Beach & Co., Tahoe South, Wildfire by Google and more.

Earlier this year, Vanessa delivered a TEDx University of Nevada, Reno talk on challenging our assumptions, offering simple tactics to overcome our own bias.