Vanessa is a social entrepreneur invested in creating new solutions to new problems – and old. She is a Partner of Valenti Martin Media, a social change communications consultancy she co-founded with her colleague Courtney Martin, and a Partner at FRESH Speakers, a next generation speakers bureau focused on diversifying public speaking, alongside Martin and colleague John Cary. She also co-created the award-winning blog Feministing.com, and #femfuture, an experimental initiative on building sustainability and impact in online feminism.
Vanessa is also a TED Speaker, and was the 2016 recipient of the TED Residency, where she explored solutions to inspire minds to redesign thought leadership. She has also won several awards for her activist work and Feministing, including the Hillman Prize for Exemplary Reporting that Fosters Social and Economic Justice.
Over the last decade, Vanessa has worked with a range of institutions and organizations across the globe, including TED, Intel, AOL, UN Women, The Clinton Global Initiative, Planned Parenthood and more, plotting and creating online movement-building, content development and curation, and storytelling, both online and on stage.
When she's not working, Vanessa is unplugging with her husband, their two-year-old daughter, and cats, Cracker and Tweet, in her hometown of Queens, New York.