Vanessa is an nonprofit consultant where she brings an equity and inclusion lens to help organizations address challenges with high impact solutions. With over 11 years of experience in grants and organizational development leadership roles, she has worked to deepen practices of equity, belonging, and organizational capacity building in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Vanessa served as Human Resources and Organizational Development Manager for the Leichtag Foundation and its incubated start-ups. In this role she worked to enhance organizational culture and effectiveness internally across programs and departments. Her experience in philanthropy also includes serving in grants and program management positions at the Leichtag Foundation, Jewish Community Foundation, and The San Diego Foundation. In these roles, Vanessa oversaw grantmaking from concept to award, reporting and evaluation, and donor stewardship. Vanessa received a B.S. in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and a M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. She is a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP). Vanessa is a founding member of ID2EA Collaborative, an affinity group for equity and inclusion practitioners. Vanessa has also served as Chair of the San Diego Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Southeastern San Diego, and Membership Chair for PEAK Grantmaking.