Vanessa is the federal policy associate at National Young Farmers Coalition. She has worked with Food Solutions New England, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, and in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Vanessa is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, and she brings her identities and experiences to shape her advocacy and research. She is an alumni from Michigan State University and the University of Rhode Island. She is the UNMGCY North America Regional Youth Focal Point, in support of UNFSS.